World Futures Beat the US

After a long rain delay, Kyle Drabek and Yohan Flande were able to get into some action during the 2009 Futures Game.

Drabek pitched a 1-2-3 second inning against the World Futures. He struck out one batter. His fastball clocked as high as 96 mph and his curveball was impressive. He threw 10 pitches, 7 for strikes.

Flande got two easy outs on a strikeout and ground-out to start the second inning. Then, he allowed two straight singles, but escaped the jam by striking out Danny Espinosa.

The World Futures rallied in the final inning to win, 7-5. Rene Tosoni, a product of the Twins, was named MVP after a go-ahead double.

The US trailed 3-0. Pedro Alvarez's infield single made it 3-2. In the fifth inning, the US rallied with two outs. Jason Castro's three run home run put the US ahead, 5-3. However, Trevor Reckling could not hold the lead in the seventh and final inning.

The World team has now won 6 of 11 Futures Games.

Call of the Day: Saturday wasn't the only time Ryan Howard tied the game in the 9th.

"This is well hit to left field! This ball is off the fence!
Two runs are going to score! This game is tied, as Ryan Howard slides into
second base! So the Phillies have comeback, as Turnbow blows only his
second save all year. It is tied at 5."


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