The Midwest League All-Star Game lasted 10 innings, with Dayton Dragons first baseman Montrell Marshall driving in the winning run with two outs in the final frame.
It’s a good thing he did, too, because otherwise the game would’ve been declared a 2-2 tie after 10 innings if the East All-Stars hadn’t plated a run. And regardless of which team you were rooting for, nobody really wants to see a baseball game end in a tie, right?
Lansing Lugnuts infielder Kevin Vicuna and Bowling Green Hot Rods outfielder Moises Gomez each had two hits. Peoria Chiefs first baseman Yariel Gonzalez scored both runs for the West All-Stars. Great Lakes Loons third baseman Jared Walker hit the game’s only homer.
There were plenty of home runs before the game. The Midwest League Home Run Derby was won by Hot Rods catcher Ronaldo Hernandez, who went deep 13 times in the final round and 27 times total during the two-round contest. Lake County Captains outfielder Will Benson finished second in the derby.
The All-Star Game and related festivities drew 9,396 to Lansing’s Cooley Law School Stadium. A block party was held outside the ballpark for several hours leading up to the game, with a Ferris wheel and inflatables among the offerings.
Next year’s Midwest League All-Star Game will be played at Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler