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Six players from the Reading Fightin Phils played in the AA All-Star Game and all six contributed well

At 36 games above the .500 mark, it's easy to see that the Reading Fightins are a good team. If you need any further proof, just look to the box score from the Double-A All-Star Game to see the contributions of their six all-stars.

With six players in the Eastern League All-Star Game, you had to figure somebody from the Reading Fightins would contribute. Instead, all six of them played a role in helping lead the Eastern Division team to a 10-2 win. The four hitters - Jorge AlfaroDylan CozensRhys Hoskins and Jesmuel Valentin - combined to pick up seven hits, including a home run and two doubles. They also scored six runs and drove in three runs in the game.

Hoskins jumped right in, with a three-run home run in the first inning, Alfaro was 3-for-3 with a run scored and Valentin was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Cozens drew a walk, reached on a fielder's choice, stole a base, and scored twice in the game for the Eastern Division. The first inning consisted of Alfaro getting a base-hit, Cozens drawing a walk and Hoskins hitting his three-run shot to give the East a 3-0 lead. 

On the mound, Hoby Milner and Nick Pivetta, teamed up to give the Eastern Division 1 2/3 innings of perfect ball. Pivetta threw a perfect third inning, recording one strikeout, while Milner opened the ninth and threw 2/3 of an inning, not allowing a baserunner.

"We were joking that maybe we should have put together an all-star team from everybody else in the league and play Reading," said Akron manager Dave Wallace, who served as the manager of the Western Division team. "It's a compliment to their whole organization. They have a lot of good players and they play the game the right way. I think the future is pretty bright in Philadelphia."

The Eastern Division stars banged out 20 hits, from 11 different players, while the Western Division team collected just five hits in the game.

The game was played at Canal Park in Akron, in front of 8.054 fans.

Even with all of the heroics from the Reading players, it was Binghamton's Matt Oberste (Mets) who took the Top Star Honors. Oberste had four hits and four RBI to edge out any of the Reading players for the honors.

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