Tuesday’s Midwest League all-star game at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, Ill., saw 13 different players for the East collect at least one hit in an 8-2 victory. In turn, the West sent 15 pitchers to the mound.
The East broke a 1-1 tie in the third when West Michigan outfielder and game MVP Deik Scram walked and scored on a double by Dayton second baseman Justin Turner. Turner then scored on a sacrifice fly by Dayton shortstop Chris Valaika, and West Michigan outfielder Gorkys Hernandez knocked in Lansing outfielder Travis Snider with a single to give the East a 4-1 lead. The East tacked on two more runs in both the sixth and ninth innings.
Great Lakes lefthander Clayton Kershaw pitched the second inning for the East, surrendering a home run to Cedar Rapids third baseman Matt Sweeney. Kershaw settled down afterward to strike out two in the inning. The East’s offensive outburst in the third allowed him to pick up the victory.
Clinton righthander Omar Poveda took the loss after surrendering three earned runs in the third inning.
Notable Performances By East All-Stars
Turner’s third-inning double was the only extra-base hit for the East. Turner finished the night 1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Dayton righthander Sean Watson started the game and allowed a pair of baserunners, on a hit and a walk, but struck out two batters to get out of trouble.
Notable Performances By West All-Stars
Quad Cities first baseman Brandon Buckman led the West with a 2-for-3 night, including a double and an RBI. Of the 15 hurlers who took the mound, Quad Cities righthander Elvis Hernandez fared the best, striking out both hitters he faced. Beloit righthander Jeff Manship started and gave up a run on two hits, while striking out two.
Home Run Derby
The MWL derby was replaced by some clever and adventurous antics devised by Kane County planners. Instead of the traditional event, players participated in on-field promotions that fans typically would find watching regular season games. Players competed in events like closest to the pin with oversized golf clubs and using a leaf blower to push a ball down the foul lines.