East Division Wins All-Star Game, Torres Named MVP
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. In today’s edition, Rob Pannier recaps the American Association All-Star game on Tuesday.
Game Recaps for Tuesday
East Wins All-Star Game
The Milwaukee Milkmen players put on quite a show in the American Association All-Star game, as Christian Young earned the victory, Peyton Gray came on to earn the save, and Bryan Torres was named the MVP as the East Division defeated the West, 4-2. Torres finished 2-4 with a run and an RBI.
The East took the lead in the bottom of the first when Torres led off with a single, stole second, and scored on a groundout by Josh Altmann. An inning later, Mark Karaviotis drilled a two-run homer to extend the lead to three.
Three East Division pitchers dominated the first three innings, allowing one hit while striking out five. However, the West was able to get on the board in the fourth against Gary SouthShore RailCats closer DJ Wilkenson. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks outfielder Evan Alexander led off with a walk, stole second and third, and scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to two.
The score remained that way until the seventh when Sioux Falls Canaries outfielder Darnell Sweeney hit an opposite field home run to cut the deficit to one.
The West was back in this contest, but Torres put the game out of reach in the eighth, slapping a single into right field, scoring Matt Bottcher. The Chicago Dogs infielder had singled to start the frame.
In the ninth, Gray came on to close out the contest. He struck out the final batter of the game to earn the save.
This was an incredible pitchers’ duel, as the teams combined for just seven hits and struck out 19 times in the contest. Torres was the only hitter to have more than one hit in the game.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Darnell Sweeney (West Division) 1-3, HR, R, RBI
No. 2 – Mark Karaviotis (East Division) 1-3, R, HR, 2 RBI
No. 1 – Bryan Torres (East Division) 2-4, R, RBI, SB
American Association Daily Notes
All 12 teams are off to conclude the All-Star game week on Wednesday. There are four games scheduled on Thursday.
July 18, 2023
Chicago: Released RHP Nolan LaMere and RHP Ryan O’Reilly
Cleburne: Released C Nik Sanchez
Fargo-Moorhead: Traded LHP Cal Carver to Missoula (Pioneer League) for RHP Kelvan Pilot; Placed OF John Silviano on the Inactive List retroactive to June 22
Gary SouthShore: Removed LHP Trevor Lubking from the Injured List and placed him on the Inactive List retroactive to May 3
Lincoln: Released INF Carson Maxwell
Sioux Falls: Released INF Carson Clowers
Winnipeg: Placed RHP Marc-Andre Haback on the Injured List retroactive to July 15
July 17, 2023
Fargo-Moorhead: Released C Zack Miller
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By Robert Pannier