Three Tri-City ValleyCats Named To NY/Penn League All-Star Game
The Tri-City ValleyCats might be struggling in the standings but they will be well represented in the 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star Game.
Third baseman Matt Duffy, center fielder Justin Gominsky and pitcher Kyle Hallock will represent the team in the NYPL All-Star Game – which takes place on August 16th at LeLacheur Park in Lowell.
Duffy, Gominsky and Hallock will be led by familiar faces in the All-Star Game, as Tri-City’s field staff will coach the National League team. Manager Stubby Clapp, pitching coach Gary Ruby, hitting coach Mark Bailey, athletic trainer Kevin Ortega and strength and conditioning coach Michael Kenyon will manage 29 players representing seven National League-affiliated teams.
Duffy has been a productive hitter in the middle of the ValleyCats’ lineup, leading Tri-City regulars with a .294 batting average and a .412 slugging percentage as of Monday afternoon. The third baseman has hit 15 doubles this season, tied for second in the New York-Penn League, and ranks second on the team in both runs scored and RBIs.
Gominsky has hit .275 near the top of the ValleyCats’ lineup this season while helping the team with strong defense in center field. The fleet-footed Minnesota native has stolen nine bases this season and ranks among the league leaders with 31 runs scored. Gominsky has also shown off his arm, throwing out four baserunners in the middle of an outfield that has collected many assists this season.
Hallock currently leads the New York-Penn League with a 1.79 ERA, the only starter with a mark below two. He has struck out 39 batters against only eight walks in 40.1 innings, and only two starters in the league have allowed more baserunners per inning. Though the unlucky lefty has a 2-3 record, he has not allowed more than two earned runs in a single outing, and he struck out 11 batters without a walk in seven innings at Lowell on the first of July.
The 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star Game will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16 at LeLacheur Park. The American League team won last year’s contest 4-3 for its second straight victory.