U.S. tops World at Futures Game
NEW YORK — Matt Davidson of the Arizona Diamondbacks hit a two-run homer, and the United States beat the World Team, 4-2, on Sunday in the All-Star Futures Game, baseball's annual showcase for top minor league prospects.
Gregory Polanco and Dilson Herrera represented the Pirates. Polanco, who plays for Double-A Altoona, started in center field and went 0 for 1 with a walk. Herrera, an infielder for Low-A West Virginia, played second base and went 0 for 1.
The opening event for three days of All-Star festivities at Citi Field, the Futures Game had a New York Mets flavor in their home ballpark. Two of the team's touted pitching prospects, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, started on the mound, each working a scoreless inning.
New York outfielder Brandon Nimmo also got in the game, managed by a pair of former Mets favorites. Edgardo Alfonzo guided the World Team, and his counterpart was Mookie Wilson — who certainly took the job seriously. He brought in Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Jesse Biddle in the middle of an inning to escape a jam.
Miami's Christian Yelich and Boston's Garin Cecchini each had an RBI double. Biddle, who grew up a Phillies fan in Philadelphia, earned the win with 1 1⁄3 shutout innings, and Washington right-hander A.J. Cole got a save.
Cole came in with two runners on and retired both batters he faced.
Davidson, selected the game's MVP, connected off losing pitcher Michael Ynoa of the Oakland Athletics. Chicago Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara homered for the World off Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo.