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Joey Gallo earns Futures Game MVP honors after leading Team USA to victory

Jul 13, 2014, 7:48 PM EDT

Joey Gallo, J.P. Crawford Joey Gallo, J.P. Crawford

Joey Gallo (Rangers) followed up an awe-inspiring session of batting practice by powering Team USA to a victory over the World Team in the 2014 Futures Game, held at Target Field in Minnesota as part of the All-Star Game festivities. The U.S. team had fallen behind 2-1 when Javier Baez (Cubs) smoked a Lucas Giolito (Nationals) curve ball to the opposite field for a two-run home run in the sixth inning. Gallo answered with a one-out, two-run moon shot in the bottom half of the inning to put his team back up 3-2. As a result, Gallo earned Futures Game MVP honors.

Henry Owens (Red Sox) started and pitched a scoreless inning for the U.S. Jose Berrios (Twins) started and pitched a scoreless inning for the World team. Catcher Kevin Plawecki (Mets) drove in the game’s first run with a third-inning ground out, scoring Jesse Winkler (Reds), who had doubled to lead off the inning against Edwin Escobar (Giants).

Noah Syndergaard (Mets) took the hill in the ninth inning and retired Steven Moya (Tigers) and Domingo Santana (Astros) quickly. Rosell Herrera (Rockies) kept hope alive with a two-out single, but Maikel Franco (Phillies) flied out to center to end the ballgame.

The All-Star Game festivities will continue on Monday with the Home Run Derby, which will start at 8 PM ET on ESPN.

  1. statsdolie - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Wow

  2. donttouchdownmethere - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Wow (statsdolie)

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Both Blue Jay prospects in the game played well Pompey was 2 for 4 and Norris pitched perfect second inning

  4. kevinsterne - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    MLB is stupid for not giving this game a prime time slot like the home run derby. Alas, just another thing they botch when it comes to the all star game

    • bfunk1978 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      I agree. If the HR Derby really needs to be on TV, then move the game to Wednesday and give the Futures game a spot on Monday/Tuesday with the Derby in the other night. Nobody plays until Friday anyway, so they still get an off day.

  5. jimmyt - Jul 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Joey Gallo? Wasn’t he the dead lawyer in My Cousin Vinny?

    • goirishgo - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      Joey Callo! Joey Gallo’s dead.

  6. zzalapski - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    I was at the game. I’ve never seen so many heads turn so fast.

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