Rawhide contributes in All-Star 5-3 win


visalia – For the first time since 1998 the Cal-League All-Star game would only feature players from the North and South Division that make up the league. That ended the pervious California-Carolina All-Star game format. Along with that this was the first time Visalia hosted the game in 28 years and that held some good luck for the North All-stars as they won 5-3. The Modesto Nuts Braden Bishop, the Seattle Mariners No. 14 prospect, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player, the host team Rawhide was well represented.

The score was tied up 3-3 as the game moved to the bottom of the sixth inning. That was when Seth Brown of the Stockton Ports, hit a double to center field. That scored San Jose’s Aramis Garcia for the games winning run by a score of 4-3.

The very next inning, Home Run Derby Champion, Visalia’s Marty Herum got his only hit of the evening as he went 1-4. The single added an insurance run for the North as it brought Bishop across to score.

Both the winning run by Garcia and the insurance run by Bishop gave the North’s relief pitchers plenty to work with. Ironically enough, the four pitchers were all from Visalia in Bo Takahashi, Mason McCullough, Cameron Gann and Bud Jeter. Combined they went for four scoreless innings and seven strikeouts. The hardest throwing of the bunch was McCullough whose pitchers were clocked at 94-95 mph. McCullough also got the win.

That speed was just under that of Gerardo Reyes of Lake Elsinore, who hit 98 mph on the gun. With the top speed of the game Ryes was only one of the South pitchers that dominated in the first middle innings.

After the South took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third the North had trouble making contact with the ball. In the third and fourth innings, the South recorded two strike outs each. Then in the fifth inning he struck out the side.

Wrapping up the first half of the season the Visalia Rawhide finished fourth place with a 36-34 record. Thanks mostly to a five-game winning streak. After the all-star break that streak was extended to eight wins before the San Jose Giants broke it by defeating the Rawhide 7-6 on Sunday, June 25.

In the Rawhide’s first game back on Thursday, June 22, Daniel Lockhart hit a walk-off two-runner home run off the top of the barn to seal the win 7-5. Visalia followed up that performance with a 6-1 win over the San Jose Giants to take a 2-0 series lead.

In that loss, the Rawhide had come back from trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra baseball. In the extra frame San Jose’s Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run triple that one-hopped the wall to give the Giants the win 7-5.

After an eight-day road trip, the Rawhide will return on the Tuesday, July 4 to start a three-game series with the Modesto Nuts. Following the game there will be a fireworks show.

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