The Class AAA All-Star Game turned out a lot better this year for both Barbaro Canizares and the International League.
The Gwinnett Braves' first baseman made an error in the ninth inning last season as the Pacific Coast rallied for a victory. This time, there was no miscues and the PCL comeback fell short.
Canizares went 1-for-4 and was the only IL member to play the entire game in a 6-5 win Wednesday night before 16,637 in Portland, Ore., that tied the annual AAA showcase at six victories each.
Wes Timmons was the G-Braves' other All-Star participant. He drew a walk as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, stole a base and then finished the game at third base.
The host PCL made it interesting, scoring twice in the ninth on a homer by Esteban German of Oklahoma City to pull within a run. The PCL scored four times in the final inning last year for a 6-5 victory at Louisville.
Drew Stubbs of Louisville and Erik Kratz of Indianapolis each hit two-run homers for the IL. Brendan Katin of Nashville had a solo homer for the PCL and German had three hits and four RBIs.
The PCL starting outfield included former Georgia Tech standout Matt Murton and Eric Patterson, also ex-Yellow Jacket, was a reserve. Colorado Springs' Murton was 0-for-3 and Patterson of Sacramento was 0-for-2.
The AAA All-Star Game will be hosted by Lehigh Valley of the IL next season.
Blanco, Reyes back with Gwinnett
Jo-Jo Reyes started his last two games with the Gwinnett Braves as a major leaguer on a rehab assignment.
His next start will be as a roster player with the G-Braves.
Reyes was activated off the disabled list (hamstring) by the Atlanta Braves entering the All-Star break and optioned to Gwinnett along with outfielder Gregor Blanco. Blanco's return to Gwinnett coincided with the end of Greg Norton's rehab assignment and the pinch hitter's activation.
Blanco had been with Atlanta since the demotion of Jordan Schafer on June 2 and Reyes last made an official start in Class AAA on April 10.
In six big-league starts, Reyes was 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA, but in two rehab starts in AAA in July, Reyes has allowed just one earned run in five innings.
Blanco last played a game for Gwinnett on May 31 and left the minors hitting .242 with 16 RBIs and 33 runs scored. While with Atlanta, Blanco hit .186 with five runs scored and an RBI.
- Ben Beitzel