Beerer Records Drillers Only Base Hit In Texas League All-Star Game
Wednesday night was the 75th Annual Texas League All-Star Game. The game matched the North All-Stars made up of the Tulsa Drillers, Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Arkansas Travelers and Springfield Cardinals against the South All-Stars with the San Antonio Missions, Frisco Roughriders, Midland RockHounds, and Corpus Christi Hooks making up the roster for the home team. The South All-Stars would use the home field advantage by beating the North All-Stars 3-2 in a wonderful display of pitching by the South’s pitching staff.
The San Antonio Missions played host of the All-Star game with Wolff Stadium providing the back-drop for some of Minor League Baseball’s brightest young stars.
The Drillers were well represented in the games, as the team sent seven players to participate in the festivities. Tim Wheeler, Wilin Rosario, Scott Beerer, Darin Holcomb, Ben Paulsen, Christian Friedrich, and Joe Torres were all selected to take part on the Texas League North team.
The game started out slow for the North All-Stars and Tulsa starters Wheeler, Paulsen, and Rosario. The trio combined to go 0-9, as the North failed to score until the top of the sixth.
Tulsa Drillers starter Christian Friedrich came in relief of the North All-Star starter Garret Richards in the second inning, with most pitchers in the game only throwing one inning.
Friedrich pitched his one inning, giving up three hits and one earned run. Friedrich was eventually took the loss for the North All-Star team however the stats were not counted towards Texas League records.
Scott Beerer recorded the Drillers only hit of the night. The left fielder pinch-hit for Wheeler in the seventh inning. Beerer singled on a fly ball that landed out of the reach of the right fielder.
Joe Torres, who replaced injured Drillers reliever Stephen Dodson on the North roster, came into the game in the eighth inning.
After Torres gave up a leadoff double he went on to record the next two outs before being replaced by Michael Blazek.
The North All-Stars only produced two runs on seven hits as the South pitchers had their way all night long. The game was a great display of future major league hopefuls shining on the brightest night the Texas League has to offer.