Once Tuesday’s Midwest League All-Star Game began, there was no doubt which team would win.
The Eastern Division All-Stars led the Western Division All-Stars 13-0 by the middle of the 2nd inning, and ended up winning 18-2. The East’s 18 runs were the most ever scored by a team in a Midwest League All-Star Game.
East DH O’Koyea Dickson of the Great Lakes Loons was named the game’s MVP, but he was just one of several worthy candidates, considering how many East players had good games. Dickson went 2-for-3 with a 2-run HR off the scoreboard in the 1st inning.
East 2B Gerson Montilla of the South Bend Silver Hawks also homered in the 1st inning.
West SP Drew Granier of the Burlington Bees lasted only two-thirds of an inning, giving up five runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk. He struck out two batters and gave up Montilla and Dickson’s home runs.
The next two West pitchers didn’t fare much better. Peoria Chiefs P Kyler Burke gave up five runs on three hits and three walks in two-thirds of an inning, and Cedar Rapids Kernels P Ty Kelley gave up three runs on three hits (including a home run to Bowling Green’s Tyler Goeddel) in two-thirds of an inning.
West Michigan’s Steven Moya, the East’s starting rightfielder, hit a bases-clearing triple in the top of the 2nd inning. East starting catcher Austin Hedges of the Fort Wayne TinCaps hit a two-run double and drove in 3 RBI.
The winning pitcher was Fort Wayne’s Adys Portillo, who started the game for the East. He gave up a walk but was otherwise perfect in his inning of work.
In all, 28 pitchers were used in the game — 12 by the East, 16 by the West. The East collected 20 hits; the West managed only 7, including a pair each by Greg Hopkins of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Jamal Austin of the Clinton LumberKings.
You can see the box score here.