West Wins AFL All Star Game

If you wanted to watch prospects Arizona was the place to be. The West won 7-6 scoring two runs in the last of the ninth to pull it out. It all started with the fourth error of the game by the East, a throwing error by shortstop Andre Gimenez that allowed Vladimir Guerrero to reach second. The East appeared geared to get out of the inning, retiring the next two hitters and getting two strikes on Buddy Reed, but he blasted a 3-2 pitch from Justin Lawrence over the left fielder’s head for a triple to tie the game. Meibrys Viloria won the game with a single driven into the right centerfield gap, creating a mob scene at first base bag as his teammates rushed to congratulate him.

It was a game that saw West starting pitcher Nate Pearson hit 104 miles per hour on the radar. It was a game that also saw slugger Peter Alonso tag a 103 mile per hour fastball from Pearson over the right center field fence. Alonso scored three times for the East, accounting for half of their runs. Pearson only pitched the first inning but eight of his 11 pitches were clocked at over 100 miles per hour.

Forest Whitely got the start for the East. He is another pitcher that can fire the heat in the high 90s, but has hit triple digits. He worked two innings, did not allow a hit, but walked two and struck out one. He missed much of last season because of a drug suspension and injury.

Brett Hanewich, a ninth round pick of the Angels in 2017, struck out the side in his eighth inning of work, clipping the radar with a triple digit pitch. Another relatively unknown prospect Austin Listi, a 17th round 2017 pick of the Phillies, slugged a three run homer in the eighth inning to give the East a temporary 6-5 lead. He finished the game with four RBIs, driving in his first run with an RBI ground out.

Before the three run homer by Listi, Taiwan native and Indians infielder Yu Chang buried a triple into right field in the sixth inning that drove in two runs to give the West a 5-3 lead. The West hit three triples in the game. Estevan Florial also triples and scored in the third.

Other than getting on base via an error to score the tying run, the top minor league player in the game, Vladimir Guerrero Jr, did not make much of an impact. He finished the game 1 for 4 with a walk, but he did score the tying run. His one hit was a double.

Perhaps the top pure hitter in the game Keston Hiura was relatively silent. He went 0 for 2, driving in one run with a sacrifice fly.

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