Two of the KC Royals minor league full season affiliates are in the midst of their All-Star breaks and on Tuesday night, three of their minor league players participated in their respective league’s All-Star Games.
The South Atlantic League All-Star Game was held in Lakewood, NJ, but rain dampened the event, as they only played seven innings and had close to a three hour rain delay. Still, the two Lexington Legends honorees saw action.
Pitcher Christian Binford pitched the 2nd inning for the South (who lost to the North, 2-1). The first batter he faced flied out, but the second reached on a fielding error. Binford battled back to get his third hitter to line into an inning ending double play.
Shortstop Raul Mondesi, who was a late addition to the squad, entered the game for the South in the bottom of the fourth on defense. In two plate appearances, he went 2-for-2. He singled with two outs in the fifth and singled again with two outs in the seventh. Mondesi did not have any balls hit at him during the game.
For us East Coasters, the California-Carolina League All-Star Game was a late one (it didn’t start until 10:35pm ET), as it did not end until around 1:30am ET. If you did not stay up that late, then you missed Wilmington Blue Rocks pitcher Kyle Smith get into the game.
The lone Blue Rocks representative entered in the 9th inning with a runner on third base. He needed just three pitches to induce the game ending ground out.
The Carolina League thumped the California League 12-2 with two five runs innings (the fourth and fifth).