LHP Livingston pitched two scoreless (Photo/Waugh)
FRISCO, Texas – For the first six-and-a-half innings of the Texas League All-Star Game, the 10,398 in attendance were watching possibly the fourth tie-game in the past 13 years for the league’s mid-season matchup.
A contingent from the Midland Rockhounds – the team that hosted last year’s tie – led the West Division All-Stars to a 5-0 victory.
Rockhounds C Jeremy Brown and RF Jason Perry started the bottom of the seventh inning with back-to-back walks and LF Andre Ethier drove in Brown for the game-winning run.
Tulsa Drillers RHP P.J. Bevis gave up three more consecutive singles before recording a single out in the inning.
Ethier’s MVP evening began as he won the home run derby and a trip to Cozumel, Mexico. The Oakland A’s prospect also flashed some leather with a leaping catch along the left field wall in the third inning.
“It’s a whirlwind right now,” Ethier said after being presented with the MVP award. “Everybody picked up everybody else (tonight) and you can see the score.”
San Antonio LHP Bobby Livingston started the game and pitched two innings, allowing only two hits while striking out two. Livingston’s start was the third time in his career he has started an All-Star game.
“A game like this shows how much talent there is in this league,” Livingston said. “I felt real good out there; the ball was moving in and out.”
The game’s only runs came off Tulsa Drillers RHP P.J. Bevis, who allowed all five of the West’s runs on four hits and two walks.
Missions OF T.J. Bohn saved two runs in the top of the seventh with a running catch in left center and drove in the game’s fifth run on a fielder’s choice.
“I got a good jump on the ball and was able to brace myself,” Bohn said of his jump into the outfield wall.
Missions third baseman Jesus Guzman, the third representative of the Missions, went 1-for-2 with a single to left in the fourth inning.
The Missions open the second half of the season Thursday evening in Springfield, Mo. as they take on the Cardinals. San Antonio finished one game back of the first half champion Rockhounds in the West Division.
“We were kind of streaky in the first half,” Bohn said. “But (Missions manager Dave Brundage’s) teams play better in the second half.”