They weren’t done playing All-Star Games yet. The Triple A All-Star contest was held last night in Omaha, Nebraska featuring players from the International League against players from the Pacific Coast League. It got very interesting late as the Internationals scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to emerge victorious by a score of 4-3.
Representing the Reno Aces, the top farm club of the Arizona Diamondbacks were right fielder Peter O’Brien, batting fourth and third baseman Jamie Romak, batting sixth. Romak went 0 for 2 and was replaced in the sixth inning. O’Brien, on his 25th birthday, had an eventful evening. In the top of the eighth, he committed an error in the field in which the PCL escaped without any damage. Then, with one out and the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the frame, he drilled a ball into the center field stands to give the PCL a 3-1 lead. Unfortunately, the lead would not hold as the Internationals staged their rally and held the PCL off the board to win the game.
O’Brien also finished second in the Home Run Derby the prior evening. He generated a lot of discussion in the game by the MLB Network announcing crew. They indicated he is done catching and that his preferred position is right field. Will he be in a D’backs’ uniform later this year?