Royals prospect Griffin plays role in USA win in All-Star Futures Game

Doug Mendoza
July 10, 2017

Team USA defeated Team World, 7-6, in the 2017 MLB Futures Game on Sunday afternoon from Marlins Park in Miami. The World team had only one baserunner until the fifth, and by then the score was 7-0.

Fellow Padres prospect Cal Quantrill pitched the second inning, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk. Houston Astros outfield prospects Derek Fisher and Kyle Tucker added RBI doubles in back-to-back innings as a part of the scoring barrage. The showcase of top minor league prospects included 16 first-round picks.

The Tampa Bay Rays' Brent Honeywell struck out four in two scoreless innings and picked up the victory and MVP award. The United States used 10 pitchers, and they combined for 11 strikeouts.

Closing the game out for Team USA was Oakland Athletics left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk, who earned the final two outs of the contest.

Gordon, who leads the Southern League in triples, was in the middle of the biggest inning, when the United States team lined four consecutive hits off Acevedo to open the fourth inning and score three times. Over on the World side, Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and New York Mets prospect Tomas Nido, also collected a pair of hits. Brendan Rodgers, a Rockies second base prospect, opened the inning with a first-pitch single, and Gordon wasted no time doing the same, lacing a 95-mph fastball onto the All-Star logo adorning the center field turf.

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Second baseman Brendan Rodgers and first baseman Ryan McMahon, both of the Rockies, made fine defensive plays for the US team.

Gordon, who played short and led off for the U.S. team, grounded to second on a 3-1 pitch in the first inning, and popped to shortstop on an 0-1 changeup in the second.

Last year, Sisco hit a solo homer in the Futures Game in San Diego.

Kopech threw nine pitches, and seven were 99.3 miles per hour or faster.

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