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California League All-Stars edge counterparts from Carolina League

Juan Perez put on a show before the 14th California-Carolina League All-Star Game, and didn't stop there.

Though Perez didn't win the pregame Home Run Derby, he put on possibly the most impressive performance in the first round.

Then the diminutive center fielder and leadoff hitter from the San Jose Giants earned all-star game MVP honors with a double and home run in his first two at-bats, scoring two runs and knocking in two more to help the California team earn a 4-3 win at BB&T Coastal Field.

"I came up short [in the derby] but I think it's better to come out and win the MVP of the game, and hit a home run in the game, too," Perez said. "As the leadoff I just wanted to get on base and make something happen. On the home run I just put a good swing on the ball and got it."

Perez, who has seven home runs on the season, hit five home runs in the opening round of the derby, putting three of his first-round homers out of the park beyond the Thirst Inning Deck in left field, landing another on the walkway above the deck and the bouncing the fifth off the scoreboard in left center.

He opened the game with a double in the left-center field gap, took third on a fly out to center field by Alexi Amarista of Rancho Cucamonga, and scored when the throw to third hit him in the leg as he was sliding and bounced near the dugout.

Perez blasted a line drive over the left-field bleachers in the third inning for a two-run homer that plated Rancho Cucamonga left fielder Tyson Auer, who singled with one out.

Despite Perez's offensive exploits that gave the California League a 3-0 lead through three innings, the outcome wasn't decided until Stephen Parker of the Stockton Ports singled in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning.

Rich Poythress of the High Desert Mavericks doubled with one out in the ninth, and Drew Cumberland of Lake Elsinore walked with two outs. Parker then hit a line drive up the middle that deflected off the glove of lunging Frederick shortstop Greg Miclat and rolled into center field, allowing Poythress to score.

"I was trying to take it up the middle, exactly what I did," Parker said. "He was struggling to find the zone and I was picking out a fastball, and he caught a lot of the outer half of the plate. I caught it well and it was a tough play for the shortstop. Fortunately it kicked off his glove and the run scored and we won."

The Carolina League got a run back in the fourth inning on a leadoff homer by second baseman Oscar Tejeda of the Salem Red Sox on a line drive over the bleachers, and tied the game at 3 in the seventh.

Winston-Salem's Seth Loman led off the Carolina seventh with a broken-bat infield single, Home Run Derby winner Jon Gilmore of Winston-Salem hit a one-out single in the second-base hole, and Miclat reached on a slow-rolling infield hit to load the bases with one out.

Justin Greene of Winston-Salem drove a sacrifice fly to center field, leaving runners on first and third with two outs, and Frederick outfielder Ronnie Welty's line-drive single to left field on a breaking pitch tied the game at 3.

The teams combined for 14 hits, but individual pitching performances may have garnered the most attention Tuesday, as the teams combined for 20 strikeouts. California starter Craig Westcott of San Jose struck out the side in the first inning, and San Jose lefthander Eric Surkamp struck out the side in the sixth inning.

The Carolina League received contributions from the home team, as Myrtle Beach pitcher Julio Teheran allowed one hit and struck out two in two innings, and J.J. Hoover faced three batters in the eighth and allowed one hit while striking out two.

"The main thing is we got everybody in the ballgame and nobody got hurt," said Pelicans and Carolina manager Rocket Wheeler. "You look at one of these games and whatever happens, happens."

Brad Brach of Lake Elsinore, who has converted 25 of 26 save opportunities this season, closed the door in the ninth. He struck out Michael Burgess of Potomac and induced a groundout by Gilmore. Miclat fisted a single to left field, but Greene flied out to center field to end the game.

"It's good to win the ballgame," Parker said. "It definitely makes the flight home better."

CAL All-Stars.AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Perez, J CF

4

2

2

2

0

1

.500

Amarista 2B

2

0

0

0

0

0

000

Figueroa, C a- PH-2B

2

0

0

0

0

0

000

Belt 1B

4

0

0

0

0

1

000

Poythress DH

4

1

1

0

0

1

.250

Pacheco C

3

0

0

0

0

1

000

Felix, J C

1

0

0

0

0

1

000

Cumberland SS

3

0

1

0

1

0

.333

Cesario 3B

2

0

0

0

0

1

000

Parker, S 3B

2

0

1

1

0

0

.500

Tekotte RF

2

0

0

0

0

1

000

Robertson RF

1

0

0

0

1

0

000

Auer LF

2

1

1

0

0

0

.500

Austin LF

1

0

0

0

0

1

000

Totals33

4

6

3

2

8

CAR All-StarsAB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Short LF

3

0

0

0

0

2

000

Welty LF

1

0

1

1

0

0

1.000

Tejeda 2B

4

1

1

1

0

2

.250

Hosmer 1B

4

0

0

0

0

2

000

Lavarnway C

2

0

1

0

0

1

.500

Perez, Sa C

2

0

0

0

0

1

000

Loman DH

4

1

1

0

0

1

.250

Burgess RF

4

0

1

0

0

2

.250

Middlebrooks 3B

2

0

0

0

0

1

000

Gilmore 3B

2

1

1

0

0

0

.500

Escobar SS

2

0

0

0

0

0

000

Miclat SS

2

0

2

0

0

0

1.000

Greene CF

2

0

0

1

1

0

000

Totals34

3

8

3

1

12

CAL All-Stars

010

000

121

--

5

9

3

CAR All-Stars

200

301

40x

--

10

10

1

E--Greene (1, throw). LOB--CAL All-Stars 6, CAR All-Stars 6. HR--Perez, J (1, 3rd inning off Huntzinger, 1 on, 1 out), Tejeda (1, 4th inning off Fitzgerald, 0 on, 0 out).

CAL All-Stars

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Westcott, C

1

0

0

0

0

3

000

Bass, A

1

1

0

0

0

1

000

Kasparek

1

0

0

0

0

0

000

Fitzgerald

1

1

1

1

0

2

9.000

Hollingsworth

1

1

0

0

1

1

000

Surkamp (H, 1)

1

0

0

0

0

3

000

Eovaldi (BS, 1)

1

4

2

2

0

1

18.000

Woodall (W, 1-0)

1

0

0

0

0

0

000

Brach (S, 1)

1

1

0

0

0

1

000

CAR All-Stars

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

McFarland

2

1

1

0

0

2

000

Huntzinger

1

2

2

2

0

0

18.000

Teheran

2

1

0

0

0

2

000

Boxberger

1

0

0

0

0

0

000

Caldera

1

0

0

0

0

1

000

Hoover

0.2

0

0

0

1

2

000

Dwyer

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

000

Duran (L, 0-1)

0.2

1

1

1

0

1

13.500

Infante

0.1

1

0

0

1

0

000

Umpires--Home, Chris Graham; First, Jay Pierce; Second , Matt Cumbee; Third, Tim Rosso. T: 2:42. Att: 6,599.

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