2008 AAA All-Star Game
The International League served as the home team. The IL All-Stars were managed by Dave Miley of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. His assistants were Doug Davis of the Syracuse Chiefs and Rick Sweet of the Louisville Bats. The Pacific Coast League team was managed by Pat Listach of the Iowa Cubs. Terry Bradshaw of the Omaha Royals and Rick Rodriguez of the Sacramento River Cats served as his coaches. The game was broadcast on ESPN2 with Jim Kelch, Jonathan Mayo and Eduardo Perez calling the game.
Pitching dominated the early innings as the game was scoreless after seven and a half innings. In the bottom of the seventh Andrew McCutchen picked up an RBI single and Mike Hessman got a RBI groundout to put the IL up 2-0. That would be the score going into the top of the ninth when Toledo Mud Hens closer Blaine Neal took the mound trying to secure the win. That’s when the PCL exploded for six runs highlighted by an 2 RBI double by A.J. Ellis. A stunned IL would have to mount a bottom of the ninth comeback in order to avoid a shocking loss. McCutchen picked up a second RBI single to make it 6-3, then with two outs in the inning Chris Carter hit a 2-run homer to make it 6-5. But that was as far as the IL would get as the PCL took home the win. Luis Pena of the Nashville Sounds got the win despite giving up three runs in a 1 1/3 innings of work. The loss was given to Neal.
The Top Stars Awards were given to the game MVP from each team. The International League award went to Andrew McCutchen of the Indianapolis Indians who went 2-2 with 2 RBI. Matt Brown of the Salt Lake Bees won the award for the PCL going 2-3 with an RBI.
The game featured a number of future big leaguers including McCutchen, Carter and Nelson Cruz.
|Pacific Coast League|
|Joe Thurston||2B||Pawtucket Red Sox||1||Christian Colonel||2B||Colorado Springs Sky Sox|
|Darnell McDonald||RF||Rochester Red Wings||2||John Gall||RF||Albuquerque Isotopes|
|Mike Hessman||3B||Toledo Mud Hens||3||Terry Tiffee||LF||Las Vegas 51s|
|Chris Carter||DH||Pawtucket Red Sox||4||Nelson Cruz||RF||Oklahoma Redhawks|
|Jeff Bailey||LF||Pawtucket Red Sox||5||Jamie D'Antona||DH||Tucson Sidewinders|
|Brent Clevlen||CF||Toledo Mud Hens||6||Matt Brown||3B||Salt Lake Bees|
|Clayton Richard||1B||Durham Bulls||7||Mark Saccomanno||1B||Round Rock Express|
|Jason Jaramillo||C||Lehigh Valley IronPigs||8||Jason Smith||SS||Omaha Royals|
|Brian Bixler||SS||Indianapolis Indians||9||Vinny Rottino||C||Nashville Sounds|
|David Purcey||P||Syracuse Chiefs||SP||Willie Collazo||P||New Orleans Zephyrs|
|AAA All-Star Game|