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Mejia hitless as IL losses AAA All-Star Game

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Gwinnett first baseman Ernesto Mejia didn't fair well in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Neither did the International League.

For the first time since the G-Braves joined the IL four years ago, the Pacific Coast League won Wednesday night before a capacity crowd of 18,025 at Coca-Cola Field in the 25th annual game.

Kansas City outfield prospect Wil Myers of Omaha was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI in the 3-0 victory as 11 PCL pitchers combined on a five-hitter. Mejia was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

The IL had won the previous three games and seven of the past nine. But the PCL scored twice in the first inning and coasted to a victory that earned the designation of home team for the league champ in the AAA National Championship Game at Durham in September.

Myers took MVP honors for the PCL, while Buffalo's Matt Harvey won the award for the IL after pitching two hitless innings.

Mejia, who batted fifth and played the first seven innings, popped out in the second inning and struck out in the fourth before lining a drive to left field in the sixth. Myers retreated to the warning track to make the catch.

After setting Mississippi team records for homers (26) and RBIs (99) last season in Class AA, Mejia has been even more impressive so far in his first year of Class AAA competition. The 26-year-old from Venezuela is batting .302 and ranks among the IL leaders in homers (17) and RBIs (59).

Mejia may have been the only G-Brave in the game after the withdrawal by Atlanta of relief pitcher Cory Gearrin because of a fatigued arm, but there was another Gwinnett connection.

Brookwood graduate Toby Basner was the second base umpire. The 27-year-old is in his third full season working in the IL after breaking into the minors in 2004. He called PCL games in 2009.

Basner was called up as a major league fill-in and made his big league debut in a split doubleheader at Philadelphia on June 24 against Tampa Bay. He worked second base in the opener and first base in the nightcap.

The PCL had three hits and a walk in the first inning against IL starter Tyler Cloyd of Lehigh Valley, then added a third run in the fourth inning as it avenged a 3-0 loss last year at Salt Lake City.

The crowd was the third biggest in the history of the Triple-A All-Star Game. The attendance record is 20,725 in 1991 at Louisville in the old Cardinal Stadium. A crowd of 19,500 attended the inaugural game in Buffalo in 1988, when the stadium capacity was larger because of bleachers in right field.

Buffalo was the first city to host the game twice. Next year's event will be held in Reno.