3 Bucs In AFL: Rising Stars Game

Jose Tabata

The Pirates had three players participate in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game on Saturday.

There were 4,550 fans in attendence, the largest in the all-star game's four-year history.

The West Division pulled out an 8-7 victory over the East on Matt McBride's two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth off Drew Storen.

The game was a slugfest that featured four homers among 24 hits, four other extra-base knocks, nine walks -- and just enough clutch pitches by the 17 hurlers used to keep it competitive.

Pirates prospects Jose Tabata and Chase D'Arnaud playing for the East squad both went two for three in the contest, and Tabata delivered a clutch two-out RBI single in the the first inning, it was his second single in the inning and sent highly touted Atlanta Braves prospect Mike Minor to the showers.

Minor, one of five first-round picks in June's First-Year Player Draft and among the total of 18 first-rounders on the Rising Stars rosters, allowed seven hits and one unearned run among the seven he allowed in two-thirds of an inning.

Pirates lefty prospect Daniel Moskos, a former first round draft pick in 2007 was roughed up in the third inning. Moskos went two thirds of an inning and allowed five hits and four earned runs including a home run.

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