LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Trey Salinas of Delmarva hit a two-out three-run homer in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie, and the North beat the South 5-2 in the 43rd South Atlantic League All-Star Game at FirstEnergy Park on Tuesday.
Salinas was named the game's MVP, and the win snapped a four-game winning streak by the South.
Pitching was dominant in the contest as nine Northern Division pitchers combined on a one-hitter, and each throwing a single inning.
The North scored first in the second inning, as Lexington's Charlton Jimerson doubled, stole third, and scored on a double to left-center by Charleston's (W.Va.) Mike Snyder.
The South came back in the third, tying the score against Kannapolis pitcher Kris Honel without the benefit of a hit. With two outs, Macon's Greg Miller, the South's MVP, was hit by a pitch. He stole second, and went to third on a wild pitch as Angel Pagan. Another wild pitch allowed Miller to score.
In the seventh, the North used a two-out rally to take the lead. Kannapolis' Chris Amador reached on an error by Savannah's Jason Bourgeois. Danny Gonzalez then hit an infield single to put runners at first and second. Hickory's Vic Buttler followed with a single to left center which scored Amadaor.
In the top of the eighth, the South evened the game with their only hit. Bourgeois reached on an error by Gonzalez, stole second, and scored on Greg Miller's single to center off Hickory's Chris Young.
Salinas, who was the home run champion for the North during a pre-game contest and runner-up overall to Macon's Andy Marte, came up with the big hit in the eighth.
With one out, Julian Benavidez of Hagerstown walked against T.J. Nall of South Georgia. Lexington's Hector Gimenez followed with a single to right. After Delmarva's Woody Cliffords grounded out to first, Ryan Johansen of South Georgia came in from the bullpen and promptly gave up Salinas's three-run homer.
Young, despite allowing the only hit for the North, was the winning pitcher. Nall took the loss, and Carlos Artiles of Greensboro pitched the ninth for a save.
Augusta's lone representative, Phil Dumatrait, pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit while striking out three.
The GreenJackets resume action on Thursday night when they visit Charleston (S.C.) for a 7:05 contest.
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