Minor League Baseball

 
  === Six-run ninth key as PCL escapes with win in Triple-A All-Star game ===
 
 Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Matthew Brown and Mark Saccomanno's back-to-
 back  RBI hits  highlighted a six-run ninth inning which propelled the Pacific
 Coast League over their International League counterparts, 6-5, at the Triple-
 A All-Star game from Louisville Slugger Field.
 
 Shut  out  after eight innings and  down by two,  the PCL struck back with six
 runs in the top of the ninth to go ahead by four.
 
 Against Blaine Neal, Nick Stavinoha singled, and moved up on a wild pitch. Two
 batters later, Nelson Cruz walked then Jamie D'Antona smacked a line single to
 right to score the PCL's first run.
 
 Brown laced a base hit up the middle to tie the game, then Saccomanno followed
 with  his own RBI hit to push the PCL ahead by one. Oswaldo Navarro reached on
 an error which scored Brown for a 4-2 game, and Garrett Mock was called in for
 Neal.
 
 A.J. Ellis greeted him with a double to plate Saccomanno and Navarro, but Mock
 retired the next two batters to limit the damage.
 
 In  the  home half, Luis Pena  made things interesting. He allowed consecutive
 singles  by  Brian Bixler and  Joe Thurston, then Andrew McCutchen's sacrifice
 fly  made it  6-3. After  Mike  Hessman went  down swinging,  Chris Carter  of
 Pawtucket  stepped in and drilled a two-run homer to dead center which got the
 International within a run.
 
 However, Jonathan Van Every lifted an easy fly to right for the final out.
 
 Brown  and Saccomanno each  collected two hits for the PCL, which broke a two-
 game  losing skid in the mid-summer test. Pena won despite allowing three hits
 and three runs over 1 1/3 relief innings.
 
 Thurston picked up three hits for the International League. McCutchen drove in
 two  runs  while Hessman  also knocked  in a  run. Neal  suffered the loss and
 a  blown save, charged with four hits and six runs -- five earned -- over one-
 third of an inning.
 
 The  contest remained  scoreless  until the  seventh,  when the  International
 League scored a pair of runs on McCutchen's single and Hessman's groundout.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 07/16 22:53:40 ET

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