Texas League All-Star Game Recap
The 2014 Texas League All-Star Game is in the books, which means we get to look at how the league-wide record ten RoughRiders faired in the contest.
Luke Jackson was the starting pitcher for the South All-Stars and did his job by striking out two of his three batters faced. In the top of the fourth Jake Smolinski moved Rhymer Liriano to third on a sharp ground ball out to third, and Liriano later scored to give the South a 1-0 lead.
The bottom half of that frame is one that Hooks pitcher Kyle Smith would like back as he issued a lead-off double to Brain Hernandez. Cody Stanley followed suit with a two-run homer and the North went out in front 2-1.
Alec Asher took the mound in the fifth for his first appearance in the league’s All-Star game and Brain Humphries greeted him with a double to centerfield. Cristhian Adames singled Humphries to third and a wild pitch by Asher gave the North an insurance run and a 3-1 lead.
Odubel Herrera singled to lead things off in the eighth, but a double play and a line drive out ended any chance of the South tying or re-taking the lead in the contest.
The ninth inning was similar to the eighth as a RoughRider (Smolinski) singled to begin the frame, but the North All-Stars held pat and escaped Dickey-Stephens Park with a 3-1 victory.
Here is how the other ‘Riders faired in the contest:
-LF Jake Smolinski: 1/4, SO
-3B Ryan Rua: 0/4, Home Run Derby Champion
- Rua blasted a total of 16 home runs (eight in each round)
-DH/C Tomás Telis: 0/4
-PH Odubel Herrera: 1/1
-2B Guilder Rodriguez: 0/2, 2SO
-RHP Luke Jackson (starter): 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3BF
-RHP Alec Asher: 1.0IP, R, 2H, 5BF, WP
-RHP Phil Klein: DNP
-LHP Edwar Cabrera: DNP
-2B Rougned Odor: DNP