Honeywell Named MVP of Futures Game

For the first time since the games were created a pitcher was voted the MVP of the Futures Game. Pitchers normally do not play more than two innings because of the number of pitchers selected for the team and pitch counts. Brent Honeywell got the start, was the only pitcher in the game to work two innings and struck out four in the United States 7-6 win over the International stars. The United States now holds a 12-7 advantage in wins over their international stars since the games began in 1999.

The United States had jumped to an early 7-0 lead scoring at least one run in each of the first four innings. Nick Senzel contributed an RBI single in the first. Chance Sisco hit a triple in the second to score Brian Anderson, who was the only United States player to collect two hits in the game. Brendan Rodgers scored Sisco with a sacrifice fly.

In the third a Kyle Tucker double scored Senzel. In the fourth the United States erupted for three runs with an RBI double from Lewis Brinson and a two run double from Derek Fisher, both players who saw some major league time with their first place clubs (Brewers and Astros).

The International team did not quit. Josh Naylor drove in the first run with a single to drive in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. In the sixth a sacrifice fly by Victor Robles scored one run and a Lucius Fox ground out scored the second run to make the score 7-3.

In the seventh Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored his second run of the game on a Tomas Nido single. In the ninth the International team gave the United States team a scare. Yordan Alvarez drove in Estevan Florial with a single to make the score 7-5, a fielding error allowing Alvarez to advance to second. Nido drove in his second run of the game with another single to pull the international team to within one run. Mauricio Dubon grounded out to third to end the game.

Michael Kopech was one of the more impressive pitchers on this day. In his one inning of work he struck out one and hit 100-101 on five fastballs. Beau Burrows struck out two of the three hitters he faced with a fastball hitting the high 90s.

On the hitting side Guerrero and Nido each had two hits for the International team, with Guerrero scoring twice and Nido driving in two. Brian Anderson was the only United States player to collect two hits with Derek Fisher driving in two runs. The box score for the game can be found on milb.com.

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