Moya belts grand slam off Fishers' Antolin for Eastern League All-Star win
Erie outfielder Steven Moya’s grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning off New Hampshire reliever Dustin Antolin powered the West All-Stars past the East All-Stars 5-2 in the Eastern League All-Star Game at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, Pa., Wednesday.
Antolin, the losing pitcher in the game, got only two outs in the inning. He allowed two hits, two walks and fanned one. Moya’s homer gave the West All-Stars a 5-1 lead, before 6,055 fans.
Fisher Cats teammate Randy Boone relieved Antolin and got the final out of the inning. Boone ended up facing three batters, two in the sixth inning. He retired all three batters in his one-inning outing.
Portland outfielder Derrik Gibson accounted for both of the East All-Stars’ runs. In the third inning, Gibson gave the East a 1-0 lead when he homered off Akron pitcher Shawn Armstrong.
In the eighth, Gibson opened the inning with a triple and scored on an RBI groundout by New Hampshire second baseman Jon Berti. Gibson had two of his team’s seven hits.
Second baseman Sean Coyle of Portland, who started the game, was the lead-off hitter in the lineup for the East and had one hit in three plate appearances. His teammate, Sea Dogs’ catcher Blake Swihart, was hitless in two at-bats, starting the game and batting third in the lineup.