Israel took advantage of timely hits and solid pitching Sunday to beat Cuba 4-1 and improve to 4-0 in the World Baseball Classic.
Alfredo Despaigne put Cuba up 1-0 with a solo home run in the second inning at Tokyo Dome, but Israel tied the game in the fourth on a double by Ryan Lavarnway that scored Ike Davis from first.
Team Israel took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Zach Borenstein singled to right, scoring Ty Kelly from second base. Blake Gailen made it 3-1 with a two-out double to right that scored Nate Freiman.
“Of course, especially in a country that’s not your own, you try to concentrate on the game, but when you see that a brother of a teammate is fighting, literally fighting, throwing punches, you’re obviously going to go defend him, especially when you know there’s no provided security,” Molina told Rivera. “Security should be provided by MLB. There is no one to help us. It’s a shame that this happened, but we’re going to defend our families even if we have to go up to the stands to do it. I honestly think MLB needs to do a better job.”
Molina also criticized the staging of the event in Guadalajara.
“Security here has not been good. Also, the organization of the event as a whole has not been ideal,” Molina said. “We don’t have good food. The first day, we didn’t have good transportation. It has been mediocre organization of the event. You come here with love and excitement with your family to play and this is nothing against the Mexican fan base. I have nothing against them. I come here happy, but I think since we are professional baseball players, we deserve more attention.”