And that’s the old ballgame. Dominant effort from the World pitching staff, giving up runs on two solo shots but otherwise holding the U.S. in check. In the seventh, Rich Thompson opened by striking out Jacoby Ellsbury and getting Colby Rasmus to fly out to left. Emiliano Fruto came in and walked John Whittleman before getting Ian Stewart to fly out to center to end the game. Interestingly, both Ellsbury and Stewart ended up going 0-for-4 in the game, surely one of the only times that has happened in Futures Game history. Thompson sat at 94-96 mph in his stint, while Fruto was at 90-91.
So the World ends up winning 7-2, matching the highest number of runs a World squad has scored in the Futures Game (it last happened in the first Futures Game in 1999). Chin-Lung Hu, who went 2-for-2 with a double, drove in two runs, stole a base and played his usual nice defense, won the Larry Doby Award as the game’s MVP. We have Baseball Americans in both clubhouses, so we’ll have plenty more coming your way as the afternoon continues. Right now we’re getting ready for the always exciting Legends and Celebrity Softball Game.