Slovakia records their first W in a 7-0 victory over Israel.
Throwing the shutout for Slovakia was Tomas Kratochvil. He issued 4 walks and struck out just a single batter, but he also only gave up 2 hits. Kratochvil, a hurler who throws to be hit, helped his defense record 5 ground outs and 7 pop ups to close down Israel’s offensive attempts.
On offense Slovakia played some great small ball but it was catcher Jaroslav Sitar, in the 3-spot, who offered the best opportunities to his teammates. Sitar had 2 runs off 2 hits, a double and a homerun, to drive in two on the day. Clearly hitting for power, as any power hitter is bound to do, he was flagged on his third trip. Still a .667 average and 2.75 OPS is a solid way to start any day at the field.
Though Israel was shutout in this game we’d be remiss to close without mentioning the performance of their man in the circle, Kfir Leon. Like Kratochvil, he threw a complete game. Sure he gave up 6 earned runs, off as many hits, but Leon also struck out 7. His trouble at the plate seemed to be the patience of the Slovakian batters as 9 waited him out to take first on four pitches out of the zone.