A rundown of all the midseason minor league all-star games.
Altoona outfielder Brett Roneberg’s two-out single in the sixth inning provided the go-ahead runs needed as the South all-stars beat the North club 5-3 in the fourth annual Eastern League all-star game.
Roneberg, later named MVP, had three singles in five at-bats on the night, with 3 RBIs.
After scoring a run in the bottom half of the first inning, the South all-star crew relinquished the lead in the second as the North scored three runs off Erie’s Nate Bumstead.
However, Roneberg’s sixth inning rally, and three shutout innings from Kip Bouknight, led the South club to victory.
The North all-stars scored early and often to easily capture the Southern League all-star Game 9-4 in Montgomery, Ala.
The North division crew scored at least one run in the second through seventh innings, as eight players collected hits. The attack was led by West Tenn’s Scott Moore, who was named MVP after recording three hits, two of which were home runs. Tennessee catcher Miguel Montero (3-for-3, two doubles) and second baseman Danny Richar (2-for-4) also paced the winning club.
The South rose again in the Texas League all-star game defeating the North representatives 1-0 in Little Rock, Ark., at Ray Winder Field–the first time in league history the all-star game has ended with that score. While top hitting prospects like Brandon Wood, Troy Tulowitzki, Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, and Hunter Pence were present, pitching was the centerpiece of the contest.
Josh Anderson, one of nine Corpus Christi Hooks players on the South team, was named MVP. The Astros outfield prospect drove in the game’s lone run in the top of the third inning.
The Carolina Leaguers won their second straight all-star game against the California League, handling the Cal League, 6-3 at Salem, Va., on June 27. The Cal League jumped off to an early 1-0 lead in the first against Kinston lefthander Chuck Lofgren, but Carolina came roaring back with a pair of runs in the bottom half–highlighted by Kinston outfielder Brian Barton’s RBI triple off the wall in right center.
Frederick outfielder Nolan Reimold went 2-for-3 with an RBI and was named the CL star of the game. Despite his defensive woes, Brignac, who went 2-for-4 at the plate, was the Cal League star of the game. San Jose righthander Justin Hedrick was named the pitcher of the game. The sixth-round pick in 2004 struck out two in his only inning of work.
FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
Pitching dominated the FSL all-star game, as 12 arms limited opposing bats to just one run each before the West Division finally emerged for a 7-4 win at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Starring on the mound for the West was Twins righthander Kevin Slowey, who fanned the side on nine pitches in his only inning of work.
Lakeland outfielder Jeff Frazier wowed the hometown fans, hitting a two-run homer off St. Lucie righthander Jose Sanchez. Frazier, the Tigers’ third-round pick in 2004 out of Rutgers was named the game’s MVP.
Dayton Dragon Jay Bruce helped the East division defeated the West division, 7-1 at the Swing of Quad Cities park in Davenport, Iowa. The 19-year-old was the youngest player in the Midwest League all-star game, but he did not perform like it as he went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two stolen bases. In the process, the Reds prospect was named the game’s MVP.
SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE
The North all-stars defeated the South all-stars 4-0 in Classic Park at Eastlake, Ohio in a game that took just 2:15 to play. Marlins lefthander Aaron Thompson got the win for the North as he combined with eight other pitchers on a three-hitter.
West Virginia third baseman Mat Gamel earned MVP honors by going 2-for-4 with a double. Gamel was the only player to record multiple hits in the game.