World Baseball Classic 2013: Most Thrilling Qualifiers So Far

Hector Diaz@@iamhectordiazAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Angel Pagan #16 of the San Francisco Giants catches a fly ball in front of the 2013 World Baseball Classic sign on September 8, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The 2013 World Baseball Classic semi-finals and finals will be hosted at AT&T Park (Photo by Tony Medina/Getty Images)
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The World Baseball Classic is being closely examined by everyone. 

Whether it’s the casual fan or MLB management looking at their prospects, the qualifying round has something for everyone. 

So far in this tournament, there have been a few exciting nuggets to watch, and there will be plenty more in the upcoming games. 

Israel vs. Spain

Friday’s matchup between Israel and Spain showed the world how Israel is slowly rising to be one of baseball’s top teams. 

It also showcased the magnificent performance of Israel’s Nate Freiman. The 6’7” 225-pound first baseman was integral to the team’s 4-2 victory against the Spaniards. He hit two solo homers in this game after coming off another two-homer performance against South Africa. 

Freiman is an eighth-round pick of the San Diego Padres who had 46 home runs in minors this past season.

Things are looking bright for the Padres, but Israel is seeing the results right now. Freiman was definitely the determining factor in the 4-2 win. 

Germany vs. Czech Republic 

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This was by no means a close game. In fact, Germany won 16-1, but the way in which they won is thrilling. 

Germany gained an early lead with three runs in the first inning. The first time the Czech Republic was in scoring position was in the third inning, which they did not capitalize on, though they did finally score in the fifth. 

The Germans then scored 13 runs in the final two innings immediately thereafter. The game was ended due to a mercy rule.

This team is clearly capable of taking over a game, but only time will tell if they can do it for the rest of the qualifiers. 

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