Albuquerque Isotopes star outfielder Joc Pederson went 1-for-3, with a home run and two runs scored, but it wasn’t enough for the Pacific Coast League, which fell 7-3 to the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Durham, N.C.
Wilson Betemit opened the scoring for the IL with a two-run single in the bottom of the first. In the next inning, Jhonatan Solano hit a two-run homer to put the PCL in a 4-0 hole.
Pederson led off the sixth with a home run to right field but the IL answered with a two-run triple by Felix Perez and a run-scoring double by Steven Souza in the bottom of the inning to take a commanding lead.
Pederson walked with no outs in the eighth and scored on a Ben Paulsen single. The PCL added one more run in the ninth as Jonathan Galvez singled home a run but Tampa Bay prospect Merrill Kelly got Stephen Piscotty to ground into a force to end the game.
EASTERN LEAGUE: In Altoona, Pa., Cleveland High graduate Blake Swihart went 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday.
Swihart is hitting .296, with 10 home runs and 48 RBIs, this season for the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.
Detroit Tigers’ prospect Steven Moya hit a grand slam in the fifth to lead the West to a 5-2 victory over Swihart’s East team.
Swihart’s Portland teammate Derrik Gibson went 2-for-3 with a home run and a triple for the East.
Michael Taylor added an RBI for the West.