The Western Division’s pitching staff almost completely silenced the Eastern Division’s bats, carrying a no-hitter into the 8th inning of the West’s 7-0 win over the East in Tuesday’s Midwest League All-Star Game.
Seven Western Division hurlers each pitched a hitless inning before Peoria Chiefs RHP Chris Perry gave up a one-out single to South Bend’s Marty Herum. Only one other East player would manage a hit; Daniel Palka, also of the Silver Hawks, beat out a throw by Kane County Cougars 3B Jordan Hankins in the bottom of the 9th inning.
Beloit Snappers RHP Kyle Finnegan started the game for the West team and got the win. He struck out one batter and hit another with a pitch.
Another Snapper, Herschel “Boog” Powell, was named the game’s “Star of Stars” (MVP) for his offensive performance, which included a two-run double, two walks, three runs scored, and two stolen bases. The centerfielder led off and played the entire game for the West team.
Peoria’s C.J. McElroy was the only other West player to stay in all nine innings of the game. He went 1-for-2 with two walks and two stolen bases. He also committed the game’s lone error.
You can read the game’s box score here.
The game was held at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps. Approximately 40 percent of the stadium was damaged by fire in early January, but the ballpark was rebuilt in time for its scheduled home opener.
The 2015 Midwest League All-Star Game will be played at Dozer Park, home of the Peoria Chiefs.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler