Bottom 9th: World preserves shutout


The United States put together its best rally of the game, but it still couldn’t scratch out a run as the World team preserved a 3-0 victory.

Third baseman Wes Hodges opened the inning with a double, but when Jamie D’Antona and Nate Schierholtz flied out it looked like the U.S. was ready to go quietly. But Matt LaPorta worked a walk to keep the inning going, and Dexter Fowler came to the plate as the tying run. He hit a sharp drive down the first-base line, but first baseman Angel Villalona made a nice grab and recorded the out unassisted to end the game.

Nationals righthander Shairon Martis worked the final inning to get the save. His fastball was 92-94 mph, and he mixed in a curveball and slider as well.

This is the third shutout in Futures Game history, with all of them recorded by the World team. With just three hits by the U.S., and no mid-inning pitching changes, the game proceeded in a brisk 2 hours, 44 minutes.

Che-Hsuan Lin, who did not start but came in to replace Fernando Martinez in center field and went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and a single, won the Larry Doby Award as the game’s MVP.