Domingo Soto vs. Ryan Laxton.
This was an epic showdown as Soto hit 22 home runs through 2 rounds, followed by Laxton hitting 21. Soto really took off in the third round, with his 17 home runs outpacing Laxton by 11 in round 3 alone.
Soto defeats Laxton, 39-27.
WP: Roberto Beltre
LP: Willie Oliva
POG: Brian Malloy
The NL got to the 3-time AL all-star Oliva right out of the gate and never looked back. 4 hits in the first gave the AL a 2-0 hole to dig out of before they had even come to bat. The pitching of the NL was solid enough to not allow the AL any chance to come back. The NL abused AL pitching, scoring a run in the 3rd, 4 in the 5th, and 2 more in the 8th. By the time the AL scored its first runs in the bottom of the 8th, the game was already in hand, 9-0 in favor of the NL. A meaningless home run in the bottom of the 9th wrapped the scoring up.
The Futures Game:
WP: Fernando Pascual LP: Max Meadows
SV: Ruben Figureoa
POG: Jamie Fujiwara (1-2, 2 RBI)*
This was a well-played, exciting game that really showcased the potential superstars in this world. The US jumped out to a 3-0 lead with a run in the 3rd and 2 runs in the 4th. The World countered with a run in the 5th, and finally took the lead for good with 4 in the 7th.
*I picked my own POG because I disagreed with what the SIM said...Max Meadows did not get shelled, in my opinion.