JUPITER, Florida – Game 2 in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Florida had Spain and France facing off with one another. It was over quick as Spain jumped out to a 5-0 lead and shut down France’s offense winning 8-0.
Spain scored a pair of runs in the first inning and that’s all they would need. They pounded out 16 hits against French pitching and showed they were a team to look out for in this qualifier.
Spain’s offense was led by Barbaro Canizares who drove in two runs including one on a solo home run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Engel Beltre had a big game as well. The property of the Texas Rangers picked up 3 hits including a triple, 1 RBI, 2 runs scored, and stole a pair of bases.
Paco Figueroa chipped in going 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Yunesky Sanchez and Rafael Alvarez both had two hits. All but one Spain starter picked up a hit in the game as they pounded France.
Nick Schumacher pitched a good game holding France to 4 hits over 6.1 innings to pick up the win.
France showed some talent, but they have a long way to go. What you can take away from this tournament for teams like France is the opportunity to play talented teams. There is some raw talent on the team but some of the small things in the game that really need to be worked on like routes taken on balls. I love that France has a very talented coaching staff, and you see the teaching going on during the games. That’s exactly what needs to be done in order to get to a higher level.
Spain was an interesting team. They have some talented hitters that can compete with the likes of Israel in this qualifier. The question with them is will they have the pitching needed when the times come.
Up next for the two teams:
1pm ET Israel vs Spain
7pm ET France vs South Africa
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.