ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Elliot Johnson singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning Wednesday night to give the International League a 2-1 win over the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star game at Coca-Cola Park.
The two teams combined for 10 hits. The International League had only five hits, but three came in a two-run rally in the sixth against Round Rock’s Josh Banks.
“There was some good pitching and whenever you have that there’s not going to be a whole lot of offense,” Tacoma Rainiers and PCL manager Daren Brown said.
Sixteen pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts.
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Louisville’s Chris Valaika led off the sixth for the IL with a double down the left-field line, and two batters later scored the tying run when Chase Lambin of Syracuse doubled to the gap in right center.
Johnson, a shortstop for Durham, followed with a single to left to bring home Lambin.
Matt Miller’s throw beat Lambin home but was just a little up the first base line, and catcher Josh Donaldson of Sacramento couldn’t hold onto the ball as he tried a swipe tag.
“We took advantage of a few opportunities they gave us,” Lambin said.
The only Rainiers player on the PCL roster, starting pitcher Chris Seddon, did not play.
The PCL scored in the second inning on an RBI single by Iowa’s Darwin Barney.
Scranton’s Jonathan Albaladejo, who leads Triple-A with 29 saves, preserved the win for Rochester’s Anthony Slama.
Lambin and Iowa’s Thomas Donaldson, the PCL’s starting pitcher who walked two in two hitless innings, were named their league’s top stars.
Indianapolis catcher Erik Kratz might have had the best night of any player at Coca-Cola Park.
The 30-year-old Kratz was told during the fourth inning he would be joining the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday in Houston to start the second half of the season.
It’s the first call-up for Kratz, who grew up and went to high school about 25 miles south of this eastern Pennsylvania community and celebrated the news with about 20 family members including his parents, wife and children.
“You couldn’t have had a better setting than this to get this news,” said Kratz, who got the news from his manager, Frank Klemblas, who was serving as an IL coach.