There were two All-Star Games on Tuesday night involving KC Royals minor leaguers. First, let’s start with the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Low-A Lexington was the host for the SAL ASG, but had just one player representative (elected starting catcher Chase Vallot is on the DL). That was pitcher Emilio Ogando, who pitched one scoreless inning of relief for the South Division.
Ogando started the 4th inning and threw just 11 pitches (six for strikes). He got a fly out to right field and a line out to center, before striking out the final batter he faced.
The North beat the South, 2-1.
Now to the California League/Carolina League All-Star Game, which was hosted by Lake Elsinore of the CAL.
With the promotion of starting second baseman Yoan Moncada of the Salem Red Sox to Double-A, High-A Wilmington shortstop Humberto Arteaga got the start for the Carolina League at second base. He batted eighth for manager Jamie Quirk.
In his first at-bat in the 2nd inning, Arteaga grounded out to shortstop to end the inning with a runner on third base. In the fourth, he once again grounded out to end the inning (with a runner on first base). Arteaga played flawless defense and was pinch-hit for in the sixth by Ian Happ (Myrtle Beach).
The Carolina League took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Mauricio Dubon (Salem) sac fly. Dubon added an RBI single in the fifth. Bobby Bradley, the league’s leading home run hitter (Lynchburg), hit a solo homer to start the fourth. Potomac’s Andrew Stevenson tripled in a run in the fifth and scored on Dubon’s single.
Stevenson delivered again in the seventh with his second RBI triple. Lynchburg’s Yu-Cheng Chang pinch-hit for Dubon and drove in Stevenson with an RBI single.
The California League got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI ground out. They rallied in the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back RBI doubles and another RBI double with two outs. A fly out to deep center with runners at second and third base ended the game.
The Carolina League won, 6-4.