BROOKLYN—The New York-Penn League all-star game ended in a 1-1 tie Tuesday, marking the first time in the game’s 10-year history that there wasn’t a winner.
The contest ended after nine innings, with the managers of the North and South teams making pitching changes with two outs in the ninth to ensure each of their 10 hurlers got in the game. Tri-City DH Nick Tanielu, an Astros 14th-round pick from Washington State in June, received the MVP award for going 3-for-3 and providing the North with a 1-0 lead with a single in the top of the fifth inning before 7,230 at MCU Park.
The South pitching staff combined for 10 strikeouts, three from Williamsport righthander David Whitehead (Phillies) in the fifth.
“It should be this way with an all-star game,” said North manager Tim Parenton of Hudson Valley, an affiliate of the Rays. “I know a lot of purists are saying that you have to play extra innings, but we’re in a stretch run right now and every coach has his worries when you play an all-star game this late in the year.”
Hudson Valley is six games ahead of Brooklyn (Mets) in the league’s McNamara Division with just over a week left in the season.
The South went the first four innings without a hit before Williamsport DH/second baseman Derek Campbell (Phillies) singled. Campbell tied the game for the South with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, driving in Staten Island catcher Luis Torrens (Yankees).
The South threatened to break the tie in the bottom of the ninth after Jamestown first baseman Kevin Ross (Pirates) drew a one-out walk. State College speedster Darren Serefina (Cardinals) pinch-ran for Ross and promptly stole second, then moved to third on a throwing error from Batavia catcher Rodrigo Vigil (Marlins). But Torrens struck out, and Staten Island’s Isaias Tejeda (Yankees) grounded back to the pitcher to end the game.
“I anticipated a 1-0 or 2-1 game because when you throw 10 pitchers in nine innings, the hitters don’t get a chance to get any rhythm or feel at all,” said North manager Tom Gamboa of the Cyclones. “They’re facing somebody different each time up there, so when a pitcher knows what he’s going to throw and where he’s going to throw it, and a hitter doesn’t have any rhythm to gauge off that, it gives the pitcher an enormous advantage, which was shown in the game tonight.
“I told all of my nine pitchers before the game you all deserve to be here, and we have the OK from all of your managers to pitch. It went just as scripted.”