Starlin Castro is an all-star!
First, a note. There will be no Minor League Wrap tomorrow because there will be no minor league games. Major League Baseball doesn't want anything distracting from the All-Star Game, so the minors will be dark tomorrow. In years past, Boise played on All-Star Tuesday, but this year even the Northwest League is taking the day off.
All-Star Break. Bryan LaHair only had one home run in the Triple-A Home Run Derby. He, Welington Castillo and John Gaub will represent the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, which you can see on the MLB Network at 8pm Central.
A bizarre double play to end the game gave the Smokies a 5-4 win over the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Starter Dallas Beeler went six innings and allowed two runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Marcus Hatley got the win with two innings of shutout relief. He only allowed one walk and did not give up a hit. He struck out one.
The Smokies entered the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead, but Rafael Dolis struggled to nail down the victory. He allowed one hit and three walks without recording an out to make the score 5-3 with the bases still loaded before being relieved by Oswaldo Martinez. Martinez got a fly out to short right field for the first out of the inning. Then he induced a ground ball to second base that could have been a game-ending double play, but second baseman Ryan Flaherty bobbled it. He recovered in time to throw to first to get the second out, but the runner from third scored. But then Scott Van Slyke ran through a stop sign at third and tried to score from second on the play and was easily tagged out by Steve Clevenger trying to score for the final out and a Smokies win. It was Martinez's first save this year.
Right fielder Nelson Perez hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Smokies a 4-2 lead. It was his sixth home run for Tennessee and tenth overall. Perez was a perfect 2 for 2 with two walks.
Ryan Flaherty was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Third baseman Josh Vitters was 2 for 5.
In game one, Dae-Eun Rhee threw a seven inning complete game. He gave up two runs on four hits. Rhee walked only two and struck out seven.
Shortstop Logan Watkins was 3 for 3 with a double. He scored once and had three RBI. Left fielder Evan Crawford went 2 for 4 and scored twice.
In the second game, Casey Harman pitched a gem, throwing five shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked no one and struck out four for his first win for Daytona.
Frank Batista got his 17th save with a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed one hit. He neither walked nor struck anyone out.
Logan Watkins was 2 for 3 with an RBI in game two, giving him a 5 for 6 day. Dude is on fire. His average is now up to .288 after hitting .138 in April.
Evan Crawford was 2 for 3 with two doubles and a run scored, giving him a 4 for 7 day. Third baseman Dustin Harrington was 2 for 2.
The Peoria Chiefs were cracked by the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 2-1 in ten innings.
Eric Jokisch was great today, throwing seven shutout innings. He gave up only three hits. He did not walk anyone and struck out five.
Patrick Francescon took the loss in the tenth inning. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning. He did not have a strikeout.
Shortstop Eliot Soto was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The Boise Hawks were shut out by the Everett AquaSox, 4-0.
Starter Luis Liria went five innings and gave up four runs on four hits, although only two of the runs were earned. Liria walked three and struck out four. His record dropped to 2-1.
Kyler Burke threw four shutout innings of relief. He gave up but one hit. He walked one but did not have a strike out.
Third baseman Willson Contreras was 3 for 4.
Hayden Simpson pitched two innings and allowed three runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out two.
Taiwan Easterling was 3 for 4 with a double and a stolen base.