Stars shine bright in 9-0 victory
Turner, 2-for-3 from the lead off spot sets tone
VIDEO: Dave Serrano and Bobby Wahl
CARY, N.C.-- The Stars scored four runs in the first, three in the second and two in the third to put away the Stripes, 9-0 in Game 3 of the Prospect Classic at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
"I was very proud," said Stars and Collegiate National Team manager, Dave Serrano. "We flip-flopped some of the pitching...but I thought they saw some quality arms, put together some quality at-bats and strung together some innings."
Trea Turner walked to lead off the bottom of the first, and the Stars offense started to get things rolling against Stripes starter, Adam Plutko. Johnny Field followed with a walk to threaten early. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, D.J. Peterson grounded out to third base to score Turner from third.
Hitting clean-up, Michael Conforto crushed a double to right field to score a run, and then was driven in when Kris Bryant tripled to make the score, 3-0.
Marco Gonzales followed up by hitting a long fly ball, which scored Bryant from third on a sacrifice fly to end the scoring in the first, 4-0.
After Stars starter, Rob Kaminsky retired the side in the top of the second, 1-2-3, the offense jumped on Plutko again.
Plutko struck out Chris Okey to start the inning, but then Kyle Farmer singled, and was driven in two pitches later by Turner's triple to center. Field followed up with a single, and Peterson cracked a triple off the left field wall to make the score, 7-0.
With Gonzales on first in the bottom of the third inning, Michael Lorenzen crushed a triple to center field,--the Stars fourth triple of the game--pushing the score to 8-0. Lorenzen would eventually come around to score on a Farmer sacrifice fly, proving to be the final run of the game.
From there the Stars pitching staff would take over. Six pitchers would combine on a three-hit shut out, striking out six while allowing just one walk. Kaminsky, the southpaw from New Jersey captured the win with two innings of one-hit ball.
Kaminsky was followed by Nick Gordon, John Kilichowski, Ryan Olson,--who pitched around back-to-back singles to lead off the fifth--Christian Martinek and Logan Shore. Shore struck out the side in the top of the seventh to seal the shut out for the Stars.
Plutko was hit with the loss after allowing nine runs on nine hits in three innings. Jonathon Crawford, Bobby Wahl and David Berg held the score in relief for the Stripes. Wahl dazzled with five strike outs in two innings on the mound.
"The biggest thing for me tonight was just locating down," said Wahl. "When you are pitching against the Collegiate National Team, you are just hoping and praying you aren't giving up hits. Our whole lineup top-to-bottom is just unbelievable."
Turner and Lorenzen both had two-hit performances for the Stars offense that collected ten total hits on the night.
The Prospect Classic continues with the fourth and final game, Tuesday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon is scheduled to start for the Stripes, while Alabama-prep star, Keegan Thompson takes the mound for the Stars.
Following the Prospect Classic, the 18U National Trials team disperses for their respective hometowns, while the Collegiate National Team heads to Cuba for an international friendly series.