Albuquerque Isotopes catcher Tim Federowicz went 1-for-2 with an RBI double while pitchers John Ely and Josh Wall each tossed a scoreless inning as the Pacific Coast League All-Star team captured a 3-0 win over the International League in the 25th Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo, NY.
Federowicz made the start at catcher and batted eighth for the PCL squad. In his five innings behind the plate, the backstop caught for five different PCL pitchers and took part in a run-saving, four-man rundown that ended with Ryan Lavernway of Pawtucket (Boston Red Sox) out at the plate. The 'Topes catcher's fourth inning RBI was set up by Wil Myers of Omaha, who blasted a leadoff double but remained stranded at third after consecutive PCL groundouts. Federowicz then roped a two-out, RBI double down the right-field line that plated the runner and put the PCL up 3-0.
Albuquerque ace Ely was the fourth pitcher of the night for the Pacific Coast League, getting the ball in the bottom half of the fourth inning. The Isotopes right-hander defended his circuit-leading strikeout count by fanning the first two batters he faced, Ernesto Mejia from Gwinnett (Atlanta Braves) and Lavarnway, before surrendering a walk to former 'Tope and Home Run Derby Champion Valentino Pascucci of Buffalo (New York Mets). With a runner on and two outs, Ely coaxed a flyout that concluded his scoreless inning of work. Ely threw 20 pitches, 13 for strikes, while allowing no hits in one scoreless frame.
Isotopes closer Wall came on in relief in the seventh and immediately put two runners on with a walk to Pascucci and a single to Jim Negrych of Syracuse (Washington Nationals). The PCL-leading closer then settled down to retire the next three batters in order to preserve a 3-0 PCL lead. Wall departed the contest having thrown 21 pitches, 11 of which were for strikes.
The Pacific Coast League scored two runs in the first on a sac-fly from Mike Hessman of Oklahoma City and an RBI single from Myers to claim an insurmountable 2-0 lead.
The Isotopes begin the second leg of the season tomorrow night at Nashville. Albuquerque right-hander Fernando Nieve (4-6, 6.62) will battle Sounds righty Donovan Hand (1-0, 2.79) at 6:05 PM MT from Greer Stadium.
Following the four-game set in the Music City, the 'Topes will return home on July 16 for an eight-game homestand that features Dukes Retro Night and a replica jersey giveaway!