Despite a fifth-inning single from Sacramento River Cats representative Shane Peterson, the Pacific Coast League squad dropped Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game, 7-3, to the International League stars.
Also playing in the game, which was contested at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in North Carolina, was Cats relief pitcher Paul Smyth, who struggled in his sixth-inning stint.
Tossing two-thirds of the frame, Smyth looked nothing like the Sacramento standout who has gone 5-2 with a 2.95 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings with the River Cats. On Wednesday, Smyth struck out Gwinnett Braves third baseman Philip Gosselin to start the bottom of the sixth before allowing three runs on four hits as the IL took control of the game by opening up a 7-1 advantage.
Peterson, who is hitting .309 and slugging .430 with 26 doubles, five homers and 57 RBIs for the Cats this year, started and played five innings in left field, finishing 1-for 2 at the plate.
The River Cats have the best record in the PCL at 56-41 and are leading the Pacific North Division by 4 1/2 games over the Reno Aces.
Sacramento is back in action on Thursday at 6:05 p.m. at Albuquerque, and plays 13 road games in the next 12 days before heading home to Raley Field for a July 29 matchup with the Isotopes (7:05 p.m.).