photo: Jordan Hicks, Sandy Alcantara, Andrew Knizner (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The Arizona Fall League Fall All Stars Game was played on Saturday night at Salt River Fields and in front of a national audience on MLB Network. The AFL West team was defeated by the AFL East squad by the score of 4-2, powered by a three-run East comeback in the bottom of the eighth.
Two Cardinals appeared for the West.
On the pitching side, St. Louis Cardinals prospect Sandy Alcantara pitched two innings in relief of the starting pitcher for the AFL West, Mitch Keller. Alcantara kept the East off the board over the third and fourth innings. The right hander struck out two and walked none, while allowing two hits, a single and a double.
(Editor’s note: Alcantara showed at least three different pitches, a fastball in the 98-99 mph range, his plus change up and slider. The hard-hit double into the left field corner in the third came on a fastball thrown to Baltimore third baseman Ryan Mountcastle, the East’s number three hitter. In his second inning of work, after I had moved from the guns to taking photos, Alcantara reportedly threw a 100 mph offering.)
Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks did not appear in the contest.
Catcher Andrew Knizner was not in the starting lineup, but became the defensive substitution for starting catcher Max Pentecost in the bottom of the sixth inning. Knizner had one plate appearance, in the top of the ninth inning, and grounded out.
Sunday’s game: No game scheduled.
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