The South Atlantic League All-Star Game got off to such a great start for the Lexington Legends. First baseman/DH Ryan O’Hearn, who leads the SAL in home runs, won the HR Derby.
O’Hearn started at first base for the South and played the entire game. However, he went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He also committed a throwing error.
Elier Hernandez started in right field for the South, but went 0-for-2. Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado replaced Hernandez in right field and also went 0-for-2.
Pedro Fernandez pitched the 3rd inning for the South. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk. He allowed a two-run home run. Zach Lovvorn pitched the 5th inning and allowed a two out, two-run home run. He allowed two hits and struck out two.
Out in Rancho Cucamonga, the California League-Carolina League All-Star Game took place (well into the late night hours on the East Coast). Wilmington had four players representing the Carolina League, two of which started.
Unfortunately for the second straight year, the California League came out victorious, 9-2.
Wilmington’s Cody Reed got the start for the Carolina League and made quick work of the California League All-Stars with a 1-0 lead. He induced a ground out for the first out and then struck out the final two batters he faced. Reed threw just 11 pitches, seven for strikes. According to Twitter (and the stadium gun), Reed was hitting 98 mph. Click HERE for more on Reed at the ASG.
Ramon Torres, starting at second base, singled with one out in the top of the first. He then stole second base, moved to third base on a wild pitch, and scored the game’s first run on another wild pitch. Torres went 2-for-5 with two singles while playing the entire game. He made the final out, a ground out to second base.
Eric Skolgund pitched the 5th inning and allowed a single to center field. However, the base runner got greedy and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double by Myrtle Beach’s Mark Zagunis. Skoglund then induced a ground out and got a pop up to end the inning. At the time, the Carolina League was losing 6-1.
Alec Mills pitched the bottom of the eighth. He struck out the first batter he faced (Brandon Trinkwon), who the radio guys picked as the Player of the Game. Mills struck out the next batter and was replaced so everyone could pitch.
*Lynchburg’s Nellie Rodriguez, who is tied for second in the Carolina League in homers, won the HR Derby with five in the final round over AJ Reed of the Houston Astros (who hit four).