The East beat the West 9-4 in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game on Saturday night.
That put KC Royals left fielder Brian Fletcher on the losing end of the game. He started in left field and batted ninth, but had an uneventful evening. He went 0-for-2 and unfortunately struck out yet again.
The West scored two runs in the top of the first inning, led by Cincinnati centerfielder Billy Hamilton. He walked to lead off the game and stole second and third base before scoring on Rymer Liriano‘s double (San Diego). Liriano then scored on a foul pop from second base (the third baseman fell into the stands). He went 3-for-4.
The East got on the board with Brian Goodwin‘s (Washington) lead off homerun. He had two hits, as did DH Nick Castellanos (Detroit).
The West actually led 4-3 after a two-run top of the 5th inning. However the East scored six runs in the bottom of the inning to finish off the game’s scoring. David Adams (NYY) drove in two runs with a double. The East collected five hits, a hit batter, a sac fly, and the West committed an error.
For the East, two pitchers’ performances stood out: Chase Anderson of Arizona and Mark Montgomery of the Yankees. Anderson, one of two starting pitchers on the team, threw two innings and struck out four. Montgomery, who could be the Yankees closer of the future, struck out the side in his only inning of work.
*Next Saturday, MLB Network will once again be televising an AFL game. It will be the Military Appreciation Game, pitting Scottsdale against Surprise at 8pm ET. That means that some Royals prospects can be seen on TV.
**Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was voted one of the AFL’s top 20 all-time players. He was named the 2010 season’s top player.