Minor League Baseball

 
                   === Witt powers IL to All-Star victory ===
 
 Toledo,  OH  (Sports Network) -  Kevin Witt crushed  a two-run homer and seven
 pitchers  allowed only  two hits  to lead  the International  League to  a 6-0
 victory  over the  Pacific  Coast  League in  the  Triple-A  All-Star Game  at
 Toledo's Fifth Third Field.
 
 Witt,  a member  of the Durham Bulls,  went 3-for-3 with three runs batted in,
 while  Syracuse's Kevin Barker and hometown hero Ryan Raburn of the Toledo Mud
 Hens each hit solo home runs. Louisville's Chris Denorfia was 1-for-3 with two
 runs scored in the contest.
 
 Heath  Phillips  of the Charlotte Knights  pitched two hitless innings for the
 win.
 
 Portland's Justin Leone and James Loney of the Las Vegas 51s recorded the only
 two hits for the PCL, while Nashville's Ben Hendrickson allowed three unearned
 runs on three hits and a walk in two innings for the loss.
 
 After  the  teams traded zeroes  for the  first two innings, the International
 League  moved  in front  with three runs  in the third.  Jorge Velandia of the
 Charlotte Knights scored on Hendrickson's wild pitch and Witt deposited a two-
 run homer over the fence in right-center.
 
 Charlie  Haeger, Phillips  and Chad  Durbin combined  to retire  the first  14
 batters  of  the game until Leone  doubled off the  wall in left in the fifth.
 However, he was stranded as Loney grounded out to end the inning.
 
 A  double of  the bat of Witt  in the fifth put  the IL up 4-0. Jason Hirsh, a
 member  of  the Round Rock  Express, replaced Hendrickson and Denorfia greeted
 him  with a single.  Denorfia moved to second on a groundout and was sent home
 on Witt's two-bagger off the wall in left.
 
 The  IL offense  continued to roll adding  a pair of runs in the seventh. With
 Sacramento's  Matt  Roney pitching, Barker  and Raburn hit back-to-back homers
 for a 6-0 advantage.
 
 After Leone's fifth inning double, three pitchers combined to set down nine of
 the next 10 hitters until James Loney picked up the second hit of the game for
 the PCL.
 
 Charlotte's  Jeff Farnsworth walked John Baker of the Sacramento River Cats to
 begin the ninth but retired the next three batters to close out the game.
 
 
 
 
 
 07/12 23:19:28 ET

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