All Star Report

Posted by Lionel on July 16, 2009.

The upper three division of baseball had their All Star games this week, so let's take a look

AA (Tennessee)

Blake Lalli got the start at the 1-sack, going 0 for 4 in the game but getting an RBI on a sac fly. He also struck out twice. Jim Adduci entered the game in the 4th as a defensive replacement. He came up with an RBI single in the 5th and flew out in the 7th. He also had an active game in the field. He caught three balls in right and recorded an assist on a forceout out second base. Tony Thomas came in as a pinch hitter, flying out in his only AB, but remained in the game at the 2-sack position for the rest of the game.

Casey Coleman was the first guy out of the 'pen, pitching a scoreless second. He struck out two and gave up a bloop single. Because of the weird way the game went, Coleman was the only pitcher credited with a hold (he entered and let the game with a lead of 3 or less). Jay Jackson pitched just one inning, the fourth, and only threw 8 pitches, but he went 3 up, 3 down with a strikeout. But with the year he's having, it was fitting that he was the winning pitcher of the All Star game. Smokies closer Brian Schlitter came in in the ninth inning, promptly recorded two outs (one via the strikeout) and was lifted with 2 outs in the ninth to assure all the team's pitchers got into the game.

Darwin Barney was selected to play, but promoted to AAA before the All Star game, making him ineligble

MLB (Chicago)

I know it looks like a weird order, but this was the order in which the games were played. Ted Lilly was the Cubs lone representative and per the Cubs request, was placed in the group of pitchers to be used last, so when the game went final in 9 innings, Lilly didn't get to pitch. Which was fine...I get to watch Lilly pitch every fifth day, I don't need to see him out there in the All Star game. As for the game, the Cubs will now have to steal home field advantage by winning a road game in the World Series.

AAA (Iowa)

Chris Robinson got the start behind the plate for the PCL All Stars and played 5 innings. He flew out in the third, but singled and scored in the fifth. He caught five different pitchers in a PCL loss.

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