Quick Hit: Two Right-Handed Pitchers Represent Baltimore Orioles in Dominican Summer League All-Star Game
By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
The Dominican Summer League held its All-Star Game on Sunday at the San Francisco Giants Dominican Complex. The National League All-Stars won the game by a score of 3-2.
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The American League All-Stars jumped out to a 2 run lead in the top of the first inning. The National League All-Stars tied the game when they answered with 2 runs of their own in the bottom of the 4th inning. Fernando Kelli’s (Chicago Cubs) RBI single in the bottom of the 7th inning proved to be the game winner. Alexander Canario (San Francisco Giants), who went 1 for 1 and scored the winning run, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
RHP Leonardo Rodriguez and RHP Edwin Rojas represented the Baltimore Orioles in the game. Rodriguez got the nod based on his 1-2 record in 7 starts with a 1.59 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and .200 batting average against. Rojas was selected based on his 2-3 record, 2.27 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and .233 batting average against.
Rodriguez entered the game with 2 outs in the bottom of the 6th inning and faced 3 batters. His line was: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB and 1 wild pitch. Rojas, unfortunately did not get into the game; he was simply a victim of a numbers game as the AL All-Star squad had 14 pitchers on the roster.
It is nice to see the Orioles farmhands getting recognition as some of the best in the DSL. Quality arms are needed at all levels of the system and the Orioles have them as Rodriguez and Rojas demonstrate. Baby Birdland will help fans keep tabs on these young men all season.