Third base David Flores’ (Astros) two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth helped the National League All-Stars walk off with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday to win the New York-Penn League All-Star Game 4-3.
After the American League used a three-run seventh to take a 3-1 lead, righthander Tyler Stohr (Tigers) came in to close things out. But shortstop Chase D’Arnaud (Pirates) led off with a double and advanced to third on a ground out. D’Arnaud scored on a single by outfielder Jack Shuck (Astros). After a walk and a strikeout, Flores doubled home Shuck and catcher Charles Cutler (Cardinals).
Both Flores and Shuck play for Tri-City, the host team for the All-Star game. Combined with first baseman Phil Disher (Astros), the three accounted for four of the NL’s six hits.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when 18-year-old outfielder Frederick Parejo (Cardinals) hit a solo home run. Parejo had hit just one home run prior to the all-star break.
With righthander Brian Rosenberg (Phillies) on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, catcher Caleb Joseph (Orioles) singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Infielder Jason Tweedy (Rays) drove in Joseph with a single to right, then stole second. A single to left by second baseman Mike Gosse (Tigers) scored Joseph. Rosenberg got into more trouble by walking center fielder Anthony Scelfo (Rays), but he retired the next two batters with strikeouts. Then right fielder Mitch Dening (Red Sox) singled to left to score Gosse, but Scelfo was thrown out at third.
Several prospects pitched one shutout inning, including NL righthanders Brad Holt (Mets), Arquimedes Nieto (Cardinals) and Adam Reifer (Cardinals). Reifer got the win by throwing a scoreless ninth.
AL standout righthanders David Phelps (Rays), Castillo Perez (Blue Jays), Stolmy Pimentel (Red Sox) and ambidextrous Pat Venditte (Yankees) also threw scoreless innings.
Desginated hitter Adam Amar (Blue Jays), who found himself in independent ball after going undrafted following the 2007 season, won the home run derby by hitting just two home runs with the wind blowing in. Pregame festivities went longer than expected, so the derby was shortened to one round. Amar had two of just five home runs hit in the eight player contest.
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