Results from Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game played Saturday, November 7th.
It is fair to note that much of the luster for the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game for St. Louis Cardinals fans was lost with Alex Reyes’ Friday removal from the league. The 21-year-old right-hander was scheduled to start for the West Division, but instead was sent home on Friday.
Third baseman Patrick Wisdom is the other Cardinals and Surprise Saguaros representative in the Fall Stars Game, held at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick and televised on MLB Network on Saturday evening. Salt River is the spring training home of Colorado and Arizona.
The East took a 2-0 lead against Sims and the West in the bottom of the second. The trouble began when Toronto first baseman Rowdy Tellez doubled into the left center gap. A batter later, Austin Dean of the Marlins laced a ball down toward the right field corner. Astros outfielder Derek Fisher made an ill-advised attempt to catch the ball, which was slicing away from him. Tellez scored easily and Dean sped all the way around as the catcher bobbled the relay throw. As Fisher did not touch the ball, the play was scored as an inside the park home run.
In the top of the fourth, the game was tied at 2-2 when the league’s home run and RBI leader, Gary Sanchez of the Yankees, blasted a two-run home run halfway up the left field berm. It also scored Texas’ Jurickson Profar, who had led off with a single. The victim was lefty Kyle Freeland of the Rockies.
The West went ahead for the first time in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Royals second baseman Ramos Torres. That plated center fielder Adam Engel. The White Sox prospect had singled, stole second and took third on a passed ball. Pitching was Abel De Los Santos of the Nationals, who took the loss.
In the top of the sixth, the game turned back to the long ball with a blast for the West over the right center wall at the 390 foot mark by Austin Meadows of the Pirates. Also scoring was none other than Wisdom, who had reached on a very high throwing error on the East second baseman. Wisdom pinch hit for the starter Davis. That made the score 5-2. The damage was done against pitcher Adam Ravenelle of the Tigers.
Wisdom remained in the game at third base. He flied out to center in a 1-2-3 seventh.
The East inched closer in the bottom of the seventh. Boston infielder Sam Travis walked and scored on a double by Jeimer Candelario of the Cubs, making the score 5-3. Lefty David Rollins of Seattle yielded the tally.
That did not last long as the West placed a trio of tallies in the top of the eighth. With Corey Black of the Cubs pitching, Phillip Ervin of the Reds singled. After an infield out and a wild pitch, Ervin scored on an infield single by Engel. The long ball was back when Alex Blengino’s blast to left field added two more runs. That made the score 8-3, West.
Leading off the top of the ninth, Wisdom fanned, finishing his night 0-for-3 with a runs scored and a strikeout. Yet the West won, 8-3.
The West pitching staff struck out 15 batters, while both teams combined to strike out 25 times in the game.
Sanchez was named the Player of the Game and lefty Chaz Hebert of the Yankees, who pitched the fourth, was awarded the win. The crowd of 6,793 at Salt River Fields set a new Fall Stars Game record.
Sunday’s game: The AFL takes Sundays off. On Monday, Surprise will travel to Peoria for a 12:35 p.m. game. Scheduled starter for the Saguaros is RHP Sam Wolff from the Rangers organization (2-1, 4.70).
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