Ring, B-Mets appear in All-Star Games

Norfolk Tides left-hander Royce Ring pitched a scoreless inning in the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday at Toledo, Ohio, helping the International League to a 6-0 victory over the Pacific Coast League.

The 25-year-old Ring relieved Chad Durbin amidst a slew of defensive changes for the International League, pitching a hitless sixth inning while allowing one walk.

Ring induced Stephen Drew to fly out to left field before walking Geovany Soto. He then coaxed a double-play ground ball from Tony Gwynn, Jr., ending the inning.

A member of the Mets' 40-man roster, Ring returns to the Tides after the break holding a 2-0 record with a 1.53 ERA in 27 games. In 29.1 innings, Ring has allowed six runs (five earned) and 18 hits, walking 13 and striking out 32.

In addition, three Binghamton Mets saw action in the Eastern League All-Star Game, played Wednesday at Altoona, Pa.

First baseman Michel Abreu scored one of the North All-Stars' three runs in a 5-3 defeat, going 1-for-3 in the contest. Outfielder Jorge Padilla came on as a defensive replacement and went 0-for-2, playing left field after Portland's Tyler Minges left the game.

Right-hander Ivan Maldonado was called upon in the eighth inning, relieving Connecticut's Billy Sadler, and allowed two hits in one-third of an inning.

The 26-year-old Maldonado allowed a double to Melvin Dorta and a single to Noah Hall, allowing Cory Keylor - who had walked facing Sadler to open the inning - to score. Maldonado then got Brett Roneberg to ground out before yielding to Trenton Thunder pitcher Justin Pope for the final out of the inning.

Maldonado and teammate Andy Wilson, who did not play, were selected to the Eastern League contest in place of pitchers Mike Pelfrey and Henry Owens, who had to turn down their assignment due to major league promotions last week.

Earlier this season, five St. Lucie Mets - pitchers Carlos Muniz and Mike Devaney, catcher Jesus Flores and outfielders Ambiorix Concepcion and Corey Coles - were selected to play in the Florida State League All-Star Game.

Two Hagerstown Suns - outfielder Fernando Martinez and pitcher Jonathon Niese - were selected to play in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.

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