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East beats West in Midwest league All-Star Game in Fort Wayne

compiled from staff, Midwest League and Minor League news

Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Indiana was the setting for the Midwest League’s annual All-Star Game on Tuesday night. The Dayton Dragons are a member of the Midwest League.

Parkview Field (Ft. Wayne TinCaps photo)

The East All-Stars took a quick 3-0 lead in the very first inning as they tagged West starting pitcher Trey McNutt en route to a 6-2 victory before 6,026 fans.

Jerry Sands Great Lakes Loons (MiLB)

Bo Greenwell Lake County (MiLB)

McNutt’s nightmare started unexpectedly as Great Lakes Loons shortstop Christian Lara singled to open the game. Lara stole second and scored on a two-out double by Bo Greenwell of the Lake County Captains. Then Great Lakes’ Jerry Sands, the eventual winner of MiLB.com Star of Stars, stepped to the plate and showed everyone in attendance why he leads the league in homers, by hitting a fastball over the left field wall to put the East up 3-0 and they would never lose the lead.

While Sands earned MVP honors, Bo Greenwell went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in his All-Star debut.

GAME NOTES

* The Midwest League All-Star break concludes Wednesday, with regular-season play resuming Thursday.

* East Division pitching coach Bronswell Patrick of the Fort Wayne TinCaps said that he limited all pitchers to around 25 pitches.

* The All-Star Game featured five 2009 first-round Draft picks including Western Michigan RHP Jacob Turner (ninth overall), Cedar Rapids outfielder Mike Trout (26th) and Clinton shortstop Nick Franklin (27th).


Columbus has offensive outburst at Rochester, 10-5

Info courtesy of the Columbus Clippers

The “Hometown Heroes,” the Columbus Clippers beat the Rochester Red Wings, 10-5 as they put on a hitters clinic in Frontier Field on Tuesday night. There were three homers, two for Columbus, and the Clippers garnered three doubles and two triples.

Jose Constanza opened up the scoring in the top of the second inning with a three-run triple to center field, driving in Brian Bixler, Cord Phelps and Lou Marson. Constanza later scored on Michael Brantley’s ground-rule double.

Cord Phelps (MiLB)

Michael Brantley (MiLB)

In the third inning, the Clippers added another run as Jared Goedert blasted his fifth homer with Columbus. Rochester tied the game as Dustin Martin hit his eighth homer of the season, a three-run shot to center field.

Michael Brantley gave Columbus a 6-5 lead in the fourth inning after hitting his third home run of 2010. The Clippers added on three more runs in the sixth inning as Constanza struck again with his second triple of the game, driving in his fourth and fifth runs of the night. Constanza scored on a sacrifice fly by Josh Rodriguez.

Clippers’ Joe Smith gets call-up by Cleveland Indians

Info courtesy of Columbus Clippers and Cleveland Indians

The Cleveland Indians have recalled right-hander Joe Smith from Triple-A Columbus.

Smith appeared in nine games with Cleveland before he was sent down on April 30, going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. He was 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Columbus Clippers.

Joe Smith (MiLB)

Smith takes the roster spot of left-hander David Huff, who was optioned to the Clippers on Monday. Huff struggled in his 13 starts for Cleveland, garnering a 2-9 record with a 6.04 ERA.

Smith was promoted to Cleveland before Tuesday night’s game against the Phillies in the City of the Brotherly Love.

Clippers lose 2-1 in 10 innings at Rochester

Info courtesy of Columbus Clippers and Rochester Red Wings

The Rochester Red Wings defeated the Columbus Clippers Monday night at Frontier Field, 2-1 in extra innings on Jose Morales’ game winning RBI single and Ryan Mullins’ strong seven-inning pitching performance in the opener of a four-game series for both teams.

Jose Morales (MiLB)

Mullins entered his eleventh start of the season struggling with the lead off hitters in each inning pitched. Lead off hitters have batted .328 off him this season. Mullins improved dramatically against Columbus, holding their lead off hitters to one hit, 1-for-6 (.167) in his seven innings of work. Mullins did not allow a lead off hitter to score. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out four. He even retired 12 of 13 batters at one point.

GAME NOTES

* Infielder D’Angelo Jimenez will join the Red Wings on Tuesday. Jimenez was playing for Yucatan in the Mexican League, batting .355 with nine home runs and 60 RBI’s in 77 games.

* Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor will be with Rochester the next few days, in his role as a Minor League Instructor for the Minnesota Twins organization.

Clippers lead PawSox 4-3; game suspended by rain will continue in July

Info courtesy of Columbus Clippers

Weather almost cost the Clippers a chance at victory Sunday, but they scored two runs just in the nick of time to force a suspension of the final game in their four-game set at Pawtucket.

Columbus holds a 4-3 lead,  thanks to scoring two runs in the top of the sixth inning. The game will be resumed when the PawSox visit Huntington Park in late July.

Josh Rodgriguez Columbus (MiLB)

Had Columbus not tied the game or taken the lead, they would’ve simply been dealt a rain-shortened loss as heavy showers hit one at-bat after Columbus pulled ahead. They’ll have the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the sixth when play resumes.

Josh Rodriguez’ two-run homer in the third put the Clippers ahead early, but the PawSox answered with single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings against Carlos Carrasco to take the lead.

The Clippers record remains at 41-29 as they head to Rochester for a four-game series starting Monday night at 7:05 p.m.

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