For the second straight season the National League won the Fingers League All-Star Game. The NL outpitched the American League to squeak out a 4-2 victory. Sante Fe Scorchers SS Carlos Sanchez won the game's MVP Award. Sanchez belted two hits, drove in the NL's first two runs and scored the eventual game winning run in the 5th inning.
WP: Boomer Charles (Salt Lake City)
LP: Patrick Snyder (Milwaukee)
Save: Julian Williams (Salt Lake City)
HR: Alberto Granados (Washington)
The starting pitchers for the game: Charleston's Ralph Hall and Hartford's Tomas Armas. Hall, 29, has already tied his career high in wins with 12. The 33-year-old Armas, who is arguably the best pitcher in league history, has a 14-3 record.
Washington's Hugh McNeil made the game's only two errors. He booted a ground ball in the 5th inning that allowed Carlos Sanchez to move from second base to third. The next batter, Taylor Glynn, drove Sanchez in with a fielder's choice.
HOME RUN DERBY
**FIRST HALF NEWS**
The BIG story of the first half has to be New York Gothams rookie 1B Neifi Martin. Martin is hitting a major league-best .389. He also leads the major leagues in hits and on base percentage. His 23-game hitting streak is tied for the longest of the season. themehl drafted him 14th overall in season 9.
Last season Chuck Moore became the 2nd player ever to hit 70 HRs in a season. He finished with 71, six behind record holder Pedro Alvarez. Moore and two others, Spike Cambridge and Cristobal Johnson, are on pace to reach 70 HRs by season's end.
Washington's Hades Simpson and Sam Blackley combined for a no-hitter vs. Houston. Simpson walked a batter with one out in the ninth to lose the perfect game. Blackley entered the ball game and recorded the final two outs.
The Atlants Aces took high school pitcher Yuu Komatsu with the first pick in the draft. He is the 6th straight pitcher to be taken with the first overall pick. Brad Tebeau, the first of those six pitchers to be taken #1 overall, is throwing a Cy Young quality season. After going 25-22 in his first two seasons, Tebeau is 11-3 with 4 complete games.