The International League beat the Pacific Coast League, 4-3 in the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Even though Omaha hosted the event, none of the three Storm Chasers played much of a part.
In the bottom of the eighth, Peter O’Brien (DBacks) hit a two-run home run to break the 1-1 tie and give the PCL the lead. However, PCL and Omaha manager Brian Poldberg went to Jon Edwards (Texas) for the save in the top of the ninth and he walked the leadoff hitter before allowing a two-run single to Kyle Roller (NYY).
Poldberg then went to his reliever, Louis Coleman with the game tied and runners on the corners. Tyler Henson (Phillies) hit the second pitch Coleman threw into centerfield for a bloop RBI single to give the IL the lead. Coleman then got a strikeout and a ground out to escape further damage.
In the bottom of the ninth, the IL went to former Royal Blake Wood (Pittsburgh) for the save. He also walked the leadoff hitter (he walked two in the inning). However, Wood escaped the jam and struck out the final batter of the game.
Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert entered on defense in the sixth and went 0-for-2 with a strikeout at the plate. Lefty John Lamb did not pitch in the game, leading to speculation that he may be the Royals 26th man for Friday’s doubleheader in Chicago.
Former Royal Irving Falu entered on defense in the sixth to many chants of “FALUUUU”. Those same chants could be heard in the two times he stepped to the plate (especially in the ninth). However, he went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
*O’Brien was named the Top Star in the PCL, while Roller took the same honor for the IL.
Team USA beat Nicaragua on Wednesday, 6-0 and they play the Dominican Republic this afternoon. That leads up to their final game against host Canada on Friday night before the semifinals and medal rounds. Canada has already clinched a spot in the semis, as they are currently undefeated.
Casey Kotchman once again started at first base (he is getting this afternoon off). And he once again walked. Kotchman walked two more times and scored on Tommy Murphy’s (Colorado) two-run triple.
Kotchman also drove in run in the 8th inning with a single.
Lefty Buddy Baumann entered in relief with one out and a runner on base in the 8th inning. He struck out one in pitching 2/3 of a scoreless inning.