Home town sluggers Ty France and Luis Urias joined in the fun with home runs as the Pacific Coast League routed the International League, 9-3, Wednesday night in the Triple-A All-Star game at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas.
The IL pitching proved no mystery to the PCL Stars who cracked out 12 hits for eight runs over the first five innings, including three doubles and two triples in addition to the two homers by El Paso Chihuahuas stars France and Urias.
The hit parade finally stopped when lefty Kirby Snead of the Buffalo Bisons pitched the sixth inning and retired the PCL in order with one strikeout. By then, though, the IL, managed by Bobby Meacham of the Bisons, trailed 8-1.
It was the third straight victory for the PCL in the game and narrowed the IL's all-time lead to 12-10.
The PCL runs came against IL pitchers Keegan Akin (Norfolk), Dan Runzler (Pawtucket), Ben Rowen (Rochester) and Josh Smith (Pawtucket).
France a third baseman from San Diego State is batting .379 with 19 home runs for El Paso after he was send down by the parent San Diego Padres.
Urias, a 22-year-old second baseman/ shortstop, is batting .320 with 17 homers for the Chihuahuas after spending time with the Padres.
Yasmany Tomas of the Reno Aces had three singles his first three trips against three different IL pitchers. On Monday, Tomas won the Triple-A Home Run Derby hitting 59 out of the park.
The 28-year-old Cuban born first baseman has 25 homers for Reno this season.
The International League scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. One run scored when Mike Ford (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) was grounding into a double play in the fifth. The run in the sixth came home on a sacrifice fly by Eric Haase (Columbus).