Dodgers’ Dickson Leads East’s Romp At MWL All-Star Game

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There was little suspense at the Midwest League All-Star Game. The Eastern Division all-stars scored 13 runs in the first two innings and went on to rout the Western all-stars 18-2 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, Ill.

The East hit three home runs in its early outburst, starting with the second hitter of the game, South Bend second baseman Gerson Montilla (Diamondbacks), who hit a solo shot off West starter Drew Granier (Athletics). Two hitters later, Great Lakes first baseman O’Koyea Dickson (Dodgers) pulled a two-run blast that went deep beyond the left-field fence. The East scored five runs in the first and then tallied eight times in the second, highlighted by West Michigan outfielder Steven Moya’s (Tigers) bases-loaded triple and Bowling Green third baseman Tyler Goeddel’s (Rays) two-run homer.

Dickson went on to earn MVP honors after going 2-for-3 with the homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. He also singled in the second off Cedar Rapids righty Ty Kelley (Angels) and came in to score on Moya’s triple. A 12th-round pick from Division II Sonoma State (Calif.) last year, Dickson led the Rookie-level Pioneer League in slugging (.603) in his pro debut and picked up where he left off this spring. He didn’t join Great Lakes until early May but earned his all-star nod by hitting .331/.442/.564 in 133 at-bats in the first-half.

Prospect Notes

• Fort Wayne righthander Adys Portillo, the MWL’s ERA leader at 1.92, got the start for the East and pitched a scoreless inning, getting around a leadoff walk. He got to work with his regular batterymate from the TinCaps, Austin Hedges, and Hedges gave his pitcher an assist by throwing out Jamal Austin (Mariners) at third for the second out of the inning.

• Hedges had a big night at the plate as well, hitting a two-run double in the first and an RBI single in the second. He finished the night 2-for-3 with the three RBIs.

• Lansing righthander Noah Syndergaard (Blue Jays) followed Portillo on the mound for the East in the second inning and pitched a scoreless frame. Slugging Beloit third baseman Miguel Sano (Twins) squared one up off Syndergaard but lined out to third baseman Goeddel. Syndergaard gave up a two-out double to Greg Hopkins (Brewers) but induced a Paul Hoilman (Cubs) popup to end the inning.

• It was uneventful night for Sano, the MWL’s home run leader with 15 at the break. He drew a walk in the fourth inning in his only other plate appearance, ending the game 0-for-1.

• South Bend righthander Archie Bradley, the Diamondbacks’ 2011 first-rounder, pitched the fifth inning for the East and turned in a clean frame, retiring all three hitters he faced on groundouts.

• Indians 2011 first-rounder Francisco Lindor hit leadoff for the East and struck out in his first at-bat but made up for it later on, going 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.