Three ‘Pigs Skip AAA All-Star Game

Photo of Pedro Beato pitching for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs by Cheryl Pursell.

While Tom Eshelman and Jorge Alfaro made the trip to Tacoma to play in the 2017 Triple-A All-Star Game, three other members of the IronPigs – Pedro Beato, Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins – decided to skip the game after being chosen to play for the International League.

Beato elected to use the time to be with his family after the birth of his second son late last month. Beato has 25 saves this season, one shy of the franchise record set by Scott Mathieson in 2010. The 30-year old Beato has pitched in 37 games with Lehigh Valley this season and is 0-3 with a 3.27 ERA.

Hoskins had played in the Futures Game on Sunday and elected not to take the cross-country flight to play in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Tacoma. Hoskins, along with teammate Scott Kingery, flew from Moosic, PA, where the IronPigs were playing last weekend to Miami after Friday night’s game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

This season, Hoskins, 24, has played in 88 games and has slashed 20-66-.289/.385/.576 in his first Triple-A season.

Cozens had been hampered by a sore hamstring injury in early June that limited him to serving as a pinch-hitter and designated hitter for Lehigh Valley. There haven’t been any indications lately that the injury was still plaguing Cozens and he had played in 29 of the last 30 IronPigs games since returning to playing defensively on June 10th.

The 23-year old has played in 87 of the IronPigs 90 games this season with a slash line of 21-56-.240/.315/.486 with Lehigh Valley.

In the game, Eshelman was the IL starting pitcher and allowed one run over two innings of work in the league’s 6-4 loss to the Pacific Coast League, which gives the PCL the home-team advantage in this year’s Triple-A Championship Game, which will be played in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The only hit and run allowed by Eshelman came on a home run by Colin Moran in the second inning.

Alfaro wasn’t in the starting lineup for the IL, but entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in the game.

Reading Fightins in the Eastern League All-Star Game

Carlos Tocci and Jiandido Tromp were starters for the Eastern Division in the EL All-Star Game Wednesday night, which was won by the Eastern Division 7-1. Tocci went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Tromp finished his night 0-for-3.

Mitch Walding entered the game and went 0-for-2, playing third base.

Pitcher Drew Anderson was the fifth of nine pitchers used by the Eastern Division and wound up being the winning pitcher, throwing one perfect inning.

The game was played in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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