Israel blanked Brazil 1-0 in the semifinals, advancing to the qualifier final that will be played on Sunday against the winner of Saturday’s semifinal round. Cardinals’ right-hander Corey Baker, who spent the majority of his season in Double-A Springfield, led the charge against Brazil with five innings of one-hit ball, permitting three walks and striking out six. As Israel’s bullpen combined for another four shutout innings, third baseman Cody Decker scored on a sac fly to give Israel the one-run backing they needed to advance to the finals. Great Britain, meanwhile, prevailed over Pakistan’s first national baseball team in seven innings by the mercy rule. It was the second such loss for Pakistan,
Trailing by two in the 11th, Asdrubal Cabrera launched a game-winning three-run homer to give the Mets a wild, 9-8 win over the Phillies on Thursday night at Citi Field.
Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season after sending out two controversial tweets Thursday referencing the Charlotte protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, athletes kneeling during the national anthem and President Obama. “As soon as we became aware of the tweets posted by Steve yesterday we began to examine all of our options in regard to his standing on the team,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said via a statement Friday. “First and foremost I would like to apologize to the Seattle Mariners, my teammates, my family and the fans of our great game for the distraction my tweets on my personal twitter page caused when they went public earlier today.