One year after the All Star Game ending in a 1-1 tie after 9, fans of the New York – Penn League were once again disappointed in the results of the 2015 New York – Penn League All Star Game. 3,622 paid good money to see a game at Ripken Stadium and had to see one that violated the rules of baseball.
From the start they saw a shameful display of babying in baseball. Due to clubs not wanting to injure the arms of their beloved pitchers, all the pitchers were limited to 25 pitches per 1 inning pitched. The 1st inning of the game saw Mitch Gueller (Williamsport CrossCutters) give up 3 runs in two thirds of an inning, bringing him to the limit of 25 pitches. The umps had to end the inning by having the scorer list that the runner on 1st from the previous play (Bobby Wernes, Tri-City ValleyCats) was out trying to go to 2nd.
Cyclones starter Gaby Almonte pitched a scoreless Top of the 2nd for the South. He faced 3 batters: Jake Cronenworth (Hudson Valley Renegades), Seth Brown (Vermont Lake Monsters) & Victor Padron (Connecticut Tigers). All three of them hit into ground outs as Almonte threw just 7 pitches.
The North would get another run in the Top of the 5th, the same inning Vinny Siena came in to play 2nd.
Siena’s 1st at bat came during the Bottom of the 5th. The inning saw Mike Pritchard (State College Spikes) lead off with a single off Jordan Holloway (Batavia Muckdogs) and Mark Liard (Williamsport) singled him to 3rd. With Siena up, a wild pitch scored Pritchard & send Laird to 2nd. Siena grounded out, moving Laird to 3rd. Staten Island’s Thairo Estrada struck out swinging and Daniel Arribas (West Virginia Black Bears) reached on a throwing error scoring Laird. As Holloway had thrown 24 pitches, the inning was called and Arribas was called “out” trying to advance to 2nd.
Cyclones closer Alex Palsha pitched a scoreless Top of the 8th, throwing only 13 pitches.He got Dexture McCall (Tri City) & Josh Ockimey (Lowell Spinners) to ground out and got Victor Acosta (Lowell) to pop out.
Siena made 2 infield assists during the game, including what would be the final out.
Because the North did not have enough pitchers, the game was called after 8.5 innings, despite the South trailing and being the home team.
The North would end up winning 4-2.