American tops National in Minor League all-star game, 7-4
Photo by Ralph Stewart
Nico Arroyo of the Twins hit a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the fourth inning to lift the American League to a 7-4 win over the National League in the Minor League all-star game Saturday at Veira Park in Oak Bluffs.
The game belonged to the pitchers for the first three and half innings. Trent Bilodeau of the Rays got the start for the American League and Jonathan Norton of the Rockies took the hill for the NL. Harper Hearn, Luke El-Deiry, Lowan Thigith, and Tobey Roberts all pitched scoreless innings in relief.
At the all-star break, the Rays lead the way at 7-1-1, followed by the Reds (5-3-1), Rockies (5-4-0), Twins (4-2-2), Orioles (3-6-0), and Marlins (0-8-0).
Red Sox 8, Pirates 2
Peter Burke pitched four scoreless innings for the Sox, allowing two hits and striking out seven, while Jacob Maccaferri and Joe Serpa each pitched an inning of stellar relief. Burke also excelled with his bat, going 3 for 4 and scoring three runs. Willson Slayton hit for two doubles with three RBIs.
The Sox used the small ball to keep things rolling with several well-placed bunts, including a Nick Cranston sacrifice that scored Finn Lewis, who went 2 for 2 and scored twice.
Isaac Richards led the Bucs with two hits, scoring once. Harold Lawry, Riley Amaral, and Aiden Marek each had hits. Cesca Potter scored once and made a nice catch on a towering bases-loaded pop fly to right. Felix Colon had two put outs from the hot corner.The Bucs also turned a 6-3-2 double play.
Major League standings: Red Sox (9-1-0), Tigers (9-2-0), Cubs (5-6-0), Pirates (3-7-0), A's (3-7-0), Cardinals (2-8-0).