By Chris Davis
San Diego Sports Domination
PETCO Park — Madison Bumgartner, Javier Baez, Field of Dreams game hero Tim Anderson, Cavan Biggio, Kris Bryant, Clint Frazier, Freddie Freeman, Joey Gallo, Bryce Harper, Current Padres Trent Grisham and Eric Hosmer along with former Padres Matt Latos and Robert Stock. These 14 Major Leaguers are among the 224 alumni of the Perfect Game All-American Classic that was held at PETCO Park on Sunday Aug. 22 after the Padres game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Combining the Padres and Phillies starting lineups there were eight players that have played in this prestigious event.
The story of this game was pitching and pitching by the East team to be exact. The East trotted out 10 pitchers out to the mound in Downtown San Diego and none of them gave up a hit. There were a couple close plays, but you could tell the East was out to dominate in a 9-1 victory.
The East took the lead in the bottom of the first. Andruw Jones (son of the former Atlanta Brave, Vanderbilt verbal commit) got an infield single, Elijah Green (the early projected top pick in the 2022 MLB Entry Draft but has verbally committed to Miami just in case) advanced him to third on a double and Paxton Kling (verbal commit to Louisiana State) brought him home with a sacrifice fly.
Luke Heyman (has verbally committed to the Florida Gators) really got the party started when he launched a two-run blast to straight away left in the bottom of the third inning. Jayden Hylton (verbally committed to Stetson) preceded it with a single to center field.
Defensively, the play of the game was made by CC Sabathia’s son Carsten (no college commitment). On a ball to his right, the junior Sabathia dove to collect it and dished it off to the pitcher covering. The play got “ooh”’s and “ahh”’s from the 300 or so that were in attendance. He has yet to commit to a college.
A controversial moment in the game occurred in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and none out, Roman Anthony (verbal commit to Ole Miss) hit the ball to first base. Sabathia grabbed it, tagged first for the force and threw home where Jones was running to. The umpire ruled him safe, but upon a replay from MLB Network, should’ve been called out. As it turns out, it didn’t really matter as the first pitch to the next batter was a wild pitch, so he would’ve been in anyway. The Beasts from the East would put a total of five up in the inning to just close the competitive portion of the contest out. For good measure, they put one more up in the eight inning.