Rochester Red Wings pitchers Willie Eyre and Travis Bowyer were on the losing end of last night's Triple-A All-Star Game. The Pacific Coast League beat the International League 11-5, jumping ahead in the first inning thanks to a Gerald Laird Grand Slam.
Willie Eyre, who was added on to the International League roster, pitched a perfect third inning, thanks to a double play ball. He recorded three outs due to the ground ball as he was the first pitcher on the International League team to not allow a run.
On the season, Eyre is 8-2 and has recorded five saves. He has been great in relief for the Red Wings, especially as a set-up man for Travis Bowyer. The right-hander has a 2.38 ERA in the eighth inning, and has a 3.02 ERA overall.
Eyre has been tremendous at home, posting a perfect 6-0 record while boasting a 1.44 ERA. He has also saved three games and is holding batters to a .237 batting average. Always clutch, batters have yet to get a base hit with the bases loaded against Eyre, a span of 13 hitters.
Travis Bowyer worked for two outs in the ninth, getting a strikeout and a fly out. It was the second All-Star Game for Bowyer, who also participated in the Future Stars Game. He will be the Red Wing who got the least amount of rest during the All-Star break.
This season, Bowyer is leading the International League in saves with 18. He has a 1.09 ERA and batters are hitting only .150 against him. Most impressive is the fact that he has not allowed an earned run since May 17.
In 36 appearances this season, Bowyer has only let up an earned run in four of them. In the ninth inning, which is where he makes his money, Bowyer his holding opponents to a .090 batting average. He has struck out 66 batters in 42.1 innings pitched, and has walked only 25.
In pressure situations, Bowyer is at his best. Batters are hitting only .080 against him with runners in scoring position, and .000 with the bases loaded. He also has let up only eight hits all season in the eighth and ninth inning combined.
The Red Wings continue the season on Thursday against the Durham Bulls on the road. Manager Phil Roof may still be at the helm, as our sources with the Red Wings say he has not completely made up his mind yet.