The Australian Baseball League held it’s All-Star game today. The teams were split up into World All-Stars against Australian All-Stars. Zac Fuesser represented the World team, while Stefan Welch was a member of the Australian team. Fuesser came in to pitch the fourth inning and he allowed a lead-off walk, before getting two groundouts and a pop out to end the inning. It was his only inning of work. Welch went 0-for-4, but Team Australia was still able to pull off a 6-4 win.
In the Dominican, Anderson Hernandez went 2-for-4, raising his average to .306 through 45 games. He has nine hits in his last three games and now ranks first in hits(52) in the DWL.
Felix Pie went 2-for-4, with two runs scored, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Pie is 9-for-11 in stolen base attempts and he has drawn 25 walks in 39 games, two more walks than he drew in 96 games at AAA this year.
Alex Valdez went 0-for-3, with two strikeouts, dropping his average down to .300 through 34 games. Valdez was ejected after striking out to end the fourth inning.
In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez went 2-for-4, with a run scored, bringing his average back up to .300 on the season. Gonzalez is 9-for-30 at the plate in 15 games, with five walks.
In Venezuela, Nate Baker threw a scoreless inning, striking out two batters. He allowed a lead-off single, then recorded those two strikeouts, before finishing the inning with a ground out back to the mound. Baker has thrown 5.1 innings over his six appearances, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk.
Ryan Reid picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth inning. He got two groundouts and a fly out, allowing just a two out walk. Reid has a 2.45 ERA over his 18 appearances, pitching a total of 18.1 innings.
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