Peterson And Wacha Shine In Triple-A All-Star Game

Peterson And Wacha Shine In Triple-A All-Star Game

Brock Peterson singled and drove in one run while Michael Wacha pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings as the Pacific Coast League lost 4-3 to the International League on Wednesday night in the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game before a capacity crowd of 10,135 at Aces Ballpark.
RENO, Nev. – Brock Peterson singled and drove in one run while Michael Wacha pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings as the Pacific Coast League lost 4-3 to the International League on Wednesday night in the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game before a capacity crowd of 10,135 at Aces Ballpark.

Wacha retired all five batters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings on four groundouts and a fly out with 22 pitches (13 for strikes) to be named the Top Star of the PCL.

The 22-year-old induced three infield groundouts on 11 pitches (six for strikes) as part of a perfect seventh. He retired Toledo’s Danny Dorn (Tigers) and Louisville’s Billy Hamilton (Reds) on back-to-back groundouts to first base. After a close called strike with a three-ball count in the next at-bat, Wacha got Charlotte’s Steve Tolleson (White Sox) to ground out to third to end the frame.

In his second inning of work in the eighth, the tall right-hander got Toledo’s Jordan Lennerton (Tigers) to fly out left and Lehigh Valley’s Cody Asche (Phillies) to ground out to first base. He was replaced by Iowa’s Chris Rusin (Cubs).

Elected as a starter at first base by the PCL office, Peterson went 1-for-2 with a single and a RBI in two plate appearances.

In his first at-bat in the bottom of the first with runners on first and third, Peterson gave the PCL its only lead at 2-1 with an RBI groundout off of Louisville’s Greg Reynolds (Reds) to score Albuquerque outfielder Chili Buss (Dodgers).

Peterson looped a two-out single to center off of Indianapolis pitcher Kris Johnson (Pirates) in his second at-bat in the bottom of the third. The 29-year-old was replaced in the bottom of the fifth by Salt Lake pinch hitter Efren Navarro (Angels).

Tony Sanchez of the Indianapolis Indians (Pirates) went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run to claim the IL Top Star honor.

The Redbirds return to AutoZone Park tomorrow for an eight-game homestand against the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Triple-A Astros) and Round Rock Express (Triple-A Rangers). An Allen Craig replica jersey t-shirt giveaway and a Salute to First Responders fireworks extravaganza highlight the promotional event.

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