Thursday, July 7, 2005

Three Memphis Redbirds land on All-Star team

The Pacific Coast League last week announced the roster for the 2005 All-Star game in Sacramento.

Memphis will have three representatives in the game. Memphis starters Chris Gissell and Kevin Jarvis will join outfielder Raul Gonzalez in Sacramento on July 13 for the All-Star game between the PCL and the International League.

Gissell leads the league in strikeouts and is third in the league with his 2.58 ERA. His six wins also ties him for the team lead in wins. Jarvis is 5-2 on the season and claims the fourth best ERA in the PCL with his 2.64 ERA. Gonzalez has been an offensive bright spot on a team that has struggled at the plate. He is fifth in the league in batting average with a .343 average.

The host Sacramento River Cats will have four representatives with manager Tony DeFrancesco, trainer Walt Horn, pitcher Jimmy Serrano, and outfielder Matt Watson.

Tucson will be represented by four individuals, pitching coach Mike Parrott, starting first baseman Conor Jackson and second baseman Andy Green, and reserve pitcher Jason Bulger. Jackson is leading the League in hitting with a .383 average and has 54 RBI.

Tacoma’s Felix Hernandez (8-4, 2.32) has been elected as the starting pitcher.

League leaders in home runs, Josh Willingham (19), runs batted in, Mike Cervenak (59), and stolen bases, Adrian Brown (23), join average leader, Jackson, to bring a solid offense to combat the strong IL pitching staff.

The Pacific Coast League All-Star team is made up of at least one player from every club being selected by club field personnel, media representatives, and League administrators.

The first Triple-A All-Star Game was held in 1988 when National League affiliated teams would compete against American League affiliated teams. This format was followed until 1998 when it was changed to have the PCL All-Stars compete against the IL All-Stars.

Since 1998, the PCL has competed against the IL in the Triple-A mid-summer classic. The PCL is 4-3, winning four straight from 1999 through 2002. Last year the PCL were defeated by the IL in Pawtucket 4-3 with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning by Andy Phillips of the Columbus Clippers.

The 2005 Triple-A All-Star game will be televised on ESPN2 on July 13.

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