RENO, Nev. — Indianapolis Indians catcher Tony Sanchez’s second-inning three-run blast powered the visiting International League to a 4-3 victory over the Pacific Coast League on Wednesday at the Triple-A All-Star game.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders were key to the IL’s victory, from manager Dave Miley through players Thomas Neal and Chris Bootcheck.
Neal started and played a solid right field. He walked in his two plate appearances. He reached base with one out in the second inning and stole second base while Louisville’s Billy Hamilton batted. He was stranded there.
His walk in the fourth inning came with two outs and Neal was stranded at first base.
Bootcheck pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings for the IL, allowing one hit and one strikeout. The first batter he faced, Reno’s Chris Owings, lined out to Neal in right field. Bootcheck closed the fifth with a pair of groundouts.
In the sixth inning, Fresno’s Roger Kieschnick snuck a single in bewteen a fly out, ground out and strike out.
IL starter Greg Reynolds of Louisville picked up the win, PCL starter Jarred Cosart took the loss. Columbus’ Preston Guilmet notched the save by recording the game’s final out.
Sanchez was named MiLB.com Top Star for the IL, while the PCL’s Top Star honor went to Memphis reliever Michael Wacha, whose dominant appearance was representative of the entire bullpen’s All-Star performance.