PEORIA, Ill. — Dominant pitching led the Eastern Division All-Stars to a 5-0 victory against their counterparts from the West on Tuesday at the Midwest League baseball All-Star Game at Dozer Park.
The West stars scored three times in the ninth inning to put away the victory.
Fourteen pitchers combined on the three-hit shutout and held the West hitless after the third inning. Only five West batters reached base, and the East recorded 16 strikeouts. Jacob Nottingham of the Quad-City River Bandits had two of the West’s three hits, all of which were singles.
Clinton’s Estarlyn Morales started in right field for the West and went 0-for-2. Morales walked in the second inning, struck out swinging in the fourth and grounded out in the seventh.
LumberKings pitcher Lukas Schiraldi pitched the fourth inning, allowing one hit and one unearned run. He struck out a pair of batters.
The East scored the only run it needed in the top of the first inning when starting pitcher Luis Perdomo, representing the host Peoria Chiefs, walked Lansing’s Anthony Alford to lead off the game. Two outs later, Alford stole second base, then he scored on a single by his Lugnuts teammate Ryan McBroom.
The East made it 2-0 against Schiraldi in the fourth. Rowdy Tellez of Lansing reached on a one-out error, advanced to third when Bowling Green’s Jace Conrad doubled to right field and scored on a groundout by South Bend’s Charcer Burks.
Great Lakes infielder Mike Ahmed had the key hit in the ninth, a two-run single that made it 5-0.
East starter Jeremy Null of South Bend was named Player of the Game. He allowed one hit and struck out three in the first inning.
After a day off today, the LumberKings start the second half of the season Thursday at Wisconsin.