Minor League Baseball

 
          === Perez helps International League to All-Star victory ===
 
 Albuquerque,  NM (Sports Network) - Timo Perez had three hits and drove in two
 runs,  assisting  the International League  to a  7-5 victory over the Pacific
 Coast League in the 20th edition of the Triple-A All-Star Game.
 
 Mike Hessman belted a two-run homer and Brandon Moss added a solo shot for the
 International  League, which  bolted to  an early  lead and  then was  able to
 escape some jams late to hold on to the win.
 
 Perez, a seven-year major league veteran, was honored as the game's MVP.
 
 Val Pascucci, of the hometown Albuquerque Isotopes, belted a two-run homer for
 the Pacific Coast League. Craig Brazell had a solo homer in the loss.
 
 Bryan  Bullington  of the Indianapolis Indians  threw the first two innings to
 get  the victory,  while  Justin Lehr  of  Tacoma lasted  just  an inning  and
 suffered the loss.
 
 The  International  League scored four times  in the opening inning. Perez, of
 Toledo,  stroked  an RBI  double. Hessman,  also from the  Mud Hens, and Moss,
 of  the Pawtucket  Red Sox, followed with homers. Hessman's two-run blast went
 to right field, while Moss' ball carried over the wall in left.
 
 Pascucci  homered  to left in  the bottom of  the first, but the International
 League expanded its lead to 7-2 in the fourth. Columbus' Brandon Watson
 doubled in a run in the second, and Rochester's Matt Tolbert, and Perez
 singled in runs in the fourth.
 
 The  PCL closed  the gap to 7-5 in  the bottom half of the fourth, Brazell, of
 the  Omaha Royals, homered to left field, and later in the inning Clint Barmes
 of  Colorado Spring  lifted a sacrifice fly, and Iowa's Eric Patterson singled
 in a run.
 
 The  PCL had  two runners on in the  fifth, but couldn't score, and they had a
 better  threat in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs. However, Robert
 Andino of the Isotopes struck out.
 
 Pascucci  came up  with a runner on first  and two down in the ninth, but Cory
 Doyne  of the  Norfolk Tides  painted the  outside corner  for a  called third
 strike to end the game and pick up the save.
 
 
 
 07/11 23:08:11 ET

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