Yankees’ Romine Hits Go-Ahead Single In Futures Game
PHOENIX (AP) — The Yankees’ Austin Romine singled home the go-ahead run against Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera in a three-run eighth inning, leading the U.S. over the World team 6-4 Sunday in the All-Star Futures game.
Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis homered leading off the first as the U.S. built a 3-0 lead.
Oakland’s Grant Green was selected MVP after starting the go-ahead rally in the eighth with his second double of the game.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alfredo Silverio hit a long two-run homer to left off Cleveland’s Drew Pomeranz in a four-run sixth, and Philadelphia’s Sebastian Valle tied the score with an RBI double down the left-field line. Texas’ Jurickson Profar, an 18-year-old switch-hitting shortstop who played for Curacao in the 2004 and 2005 Little League World Series, then tripled in front of the right-center swimming pool on the first pitch from Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson for a 4-3 lead.
Green started the eighth-inning rally against Herrera with a double, Tampa Bay’s Tim Beckham doubled him home to tie it and, two outs later, Romine singled to left. Romine, who went 2 for 2, is at Double-A Trenton behind Jesus Montero, another top Yankees’ prospect who is at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Colorado’s Nolan Arenado chased Herrera, the loser, with a double down the right-field line.
Philadelphia’s Jarred Cosart struck out two in the eighth for the win. The Mets’ Matt Harvey got the final out for save.
Mike Piazza managed the U.S. to its seventh win in 13 Futures games. Luis Gonzalez, whose ninth-inning single off the Yankees’ Mariano Rivera won Game 7 of the 2001 World Series on this field, managed the World team.
Bryce Harper, the top pick in last year’s amateur draft, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and two groundouts. He took a called third strike on a fastball in the first, grounded out in the third and sixth innings, then fanned in the eighth with the potential go-ahead run on second. The 18-year-old was promoted by the Washington Nationals to Double-A on the Fourth of July after hitting .318 at Class A with 14 homers, 46 RBIs and 19 steals.
St. Louis right-hander Carlos Martinez impressed with a 96-98 mph fastball in a scoreless fourth.
It was 101 outside at gametime — down from 110 Saturday afternoon and 118 on July 2 — but a comfy 76 inside Chase Field, where the roof hasn’t been open for a game since Arizona played the Chicago White Sox on June 17. All was clear, a contrast to the haboob that blew a mile-high wall of dust through Phoenix five days earlier.
Kipnis led off the bottom of the first by working the count to 3-2 against Julio Teheran, then turned on a 95 mph fastball and sent it deep into the right-field seats. Kipnis was second-round pick by the Cleveland Indians two years ago after helping Arizona State reach the College World Series.
Teheran made his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves in May, making starts at Philadelphia and Arizona.
Cincinnati’s Devin Mesoraco singled off Minnesota’s Liam Hendriks leading off the second and scored when Kansas City’s Wil Myers legged out an infield grounder, avoiding what would have been an inning-ending double play.
Green had a pinch-hit RBI double to left-center off Texas’ Martin Perez to make it 3-0 in the fifth.