With the Eastern League foggily bringing to a close the Double-A portion of all-star game schedule, let’s take a look at how the contests went down and highlight some of the key prospect performances.
A thorough account of Wednesday’s Triple-A all-star game can be found here.
The North and South divisions were tied at two in the third inning when the game was cancelled because fog had engulfed Norwich’s Dodd Stadium. Managers Dave Machemer (North) and Tim Bogar (South), along with the umpiring crew and EL president Joe McEacharn, moved to call the game after routine fly balls began falling for hits because of a lack of visibility. Hometown Connecticut player Eugenio Velez (Giants) led off the bottom of the first by racing to third base on an error by righthander Dallas Trahern (Tigers). He later scored on a groundout.
Notable prospect performances: Akron outfielder Brian Barton (Indians) hit a fog-aided triple. Binghamton righthander Kevin Mulvey gave up a double, walked two, then struck out Altoona third baseman Neil Walker (Pirates). When the next batter hit a routine fly ball rendered uncatchable by fog, the game was called.
Mississippi’s J.C. Holt and Carl Loadenthal (Braves) each had three hits at the top of the order, but it wasn’t enough for the Southern League’s South all-stars, which lost 7-4 to the North at Trustman Park in Pearl, Miss. The victory was the third in a row for the North squad. Carolina’s Lee Mitchell (Marlins) won MVP honors for singling home two runs and for making an outstanding defensive play at third base, in which he backhanded the ball hit down the line and threw the runner out from his knees.
Notable prospect performances: Huntsville catcher Lou Palmisano (Brewers) went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Mississippi lefthander Matt Harrison (Braves) started the game for the South and went 1 2/3 innings, giving up two hits. Birmingham righthander Jack Egbert (White Sox) gave up four runs on two hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning to take the loss. Jacksonville righthander Jonathan Meloan (Dodgers) fanned two and walked one in an inning of work. Carolina Gaby Hernandez (Marlins) struck out three in a scoreless inning. Tennessee catcher Jake Fox (Cubs) reached base twice, going 1-for-2 with a walk. West Tennessee’s Matt Tuiasosopo (Mariners) reached base in both of his plate appearances, hitting a single and drawing a walk. Montgomery catcher John Jaso (Devil Rays) went 2-for-2.
Astros farmhand Jonny Ash earned MVP honors by ending a 10th-inning tie with a game-winning RBI single, giving the South a 5-4 victory against the North at a game held at his home ballpark, Corpus Christi’s Whataburger Stadium. Ash’s heroics followed a game-tying home run to lead off the inning by San Antonio outfielder Will Venable (Padres), who earlier had singled, stolen a base and scored a run. The South also got a two-run homer from Midland outfielder Richie Robnett (Athletics).
Notable prospect performances: Wichita righthander Luke Hochevar (Royals) started for the North and went two innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three. Springfield lefty Jaime Garcia (Cardinals) tossed a scoreless inning, as did his Cardinals’ teammate Chris Perez. Because the game took place June 26, a pair of pitchers who’ve since been promoted to Triple-A also worked in the game. Corpus Christi lefthander Troy Patton (Astros) gave up a run on two hits in an inning of work, and Midland righthander Michael Madsen (A’s) did likewise.