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International League Homers Their Way To Triple-A All-Star Win

Some of the most talented baseball players in the minors and some of tomorrow’s biggest stars were showcased on Wednesday night in the annual Triple-A All-Star Game in front of 10,886 fans at the new and beautiful BB&T Ballpark located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina as the International League All-Stars hosted the Pacific Coast League All-Stars.

Fresno Grizzlies’ RHP Brady Rodgers (8-3, 2.88) took the start for the PCL as the Rochester Red Wings’ LHP Jason Wheeler (6-2, 2.80) started for the International League.

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Twins pitching prospect Jason Wheeler gets the start for the International League. (Photo by: Gabe Rodriguez/LOD)

Two batters into the game, the Pacific Coast League put a runner in scoring position when Las Vegas 51s T.J. Rivera hit a one-out double to center field. But Wheeler retired the next two batters to end the threat.

In the top of the second inning, Diamondbacks prospect Kyle Jensen started things with a lead-off walk. Then Rivera’s teammate on the 51s, Travis Taijeron, hit a two-run homer to give the PCL a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, the Columbus Clippers’ Erik Gonzalez hit a solo shot on a line drive to left to draw the IL within a run of at 2-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, the International League struck again tying the game at two apiece, after a solo home run on a line drive to left field off the bat of Lehigh Valley IronPigs Andrew Knapp.

Then, in the fifth, the International League took a 3-2 lead. Brian Goodwin started the inning with a single to center field and was followed by Jorge Polanco of the Rochester Red Wings, who hit a double on a line drive to right, advancing Goodwin to third base. With runners in scoring position, IronPigs Cam Perkins grounded out to score Goodwin to give the International League their first lead of the night.

Three innings later, in the bottom frame of the eighth, the International League cushioned their lead with a solo home run by Pawtucket Red Sox outfielder and game MVP Chris Marrero, for a 4-2 ballgame and victory.

The International League continued their dominance over the pacific League with their fourth straight All-Star Game victory and their 12th overall in 19 Mid-Summer Classics.

Top Star Award

Boston Red Sox prospect Chris Marrero of the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Pacific Coast League’s Travis Taijeron of the Las Vegas 51’s were both given the MVP award for the 2016 Triple-A All-Star game for their respective leagues.

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Mets – Travis Taijeron and Red Sox- Chris Marrero (Photo by: Gabe Rodriguez/LOD)

Top Performers

Pacific Coast League

T.J. Rivera: 1 for 3; 2B

Kyle Jensen1 for 2

Travis Taijeron: 1 for 3; HR; 2 RBIs

International League

Andrew Knapp 1 for 2; HR

Erik Gonzalez1 for 4; HR

Jorge Polanco2 for 3; 2B

Chris Marrero:  1 for 2; HR

All Star Game Photo Gallery

(All Photos by: Gabe Rodriguez/Legends on Deck)

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Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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