Sixty Sixers Represented Well in All-Star Game

InsidethePark's Jonathan Bianchet attended Monday's California League All-Star game and brings you this report from San Bernardino, Calif.

SAN BERNARDINO - The stars were shining in San Bernardino last night as the Inland Empire 66ers hosted the California versus Carolina League All-Star game.

Led by High Desert's Travis Hinton and four 66ers, the California League defeated the Carolina teams 5-2 in front of nearly 5,000 fans at Arrowhead Credit Union Park.

Inland Empire had five representatives in the game, and four of them started. Bobby Livingston was given the starting pitching duties for the Cal League. The big Texan lefty, who is third in the league in wins, pitched two innings of hitless baseball with two strikeouts.

Battery mate, Rene Rivera, started the game behind the plate and went 0-2 in his two at bats. Before the game, Rivera participated in a throwing accuracy competition between his fellow catchers. Rivera hit the target at second base once in his five attempts and lost.

The 66ers regulars shortstop Juan Gonzalez also started in the game, but not at his usual position. Gonzo played second base in all of his innings of play and was a part of a two-run first inning. Gonzalez, who is in the top 10 in the league in hits, singled and later scored on a Hinton base hit.

T.J. Bohn started but only had one at bat. After striking out in his at bat Bohn was taken out for two reasons - both to give another All-Star a couple of at bats and to preserve the outfielder for his promotion to Double-A San Antonio.

Accompanying Bohn on the trip to San Antonio is the No. 1 prospect in the Mariner's organization, Felix Hernandez, who at 18-years-old will also be saying goodbye to Single-A baseball and embark on the next challenging level. Hernandez did not play in the game because the organization wanted to keep him strong for his first start in San Antonio later this week.

In his year at Inland Empire, the teenage phenom went a league-best 9-3 with a 2.74 ERA. In his last two starts, which covered 12.2 innings, Hernandez struck out 21 batters, giving more reason to believe that he is ready for the next level. He still leads the California League with 114 strikeouts in only 92 innings pitched.

But while the 66ers had the most representatives at the game, it was the Maverick's Hinton who won all the accolades. Hinton went 3-4 with two RBI, enough to win the Most Outstanding Player award for the California League.

Earlier in the day, Hinton powered his way past Potomac's Tony Blanco to win the Home Run Derby. Hinton, a left-handed batter, hit majestic shots over the tall right field fence, over the netting, and onto E street over 400 feet away.

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