Baseball: Kissock an All Star

Fruitvale’s Chris Kissock suited up Tuesday night for the American Association’s 2014 All-Star Game.

Fruitvale’s Chris Kissock suited up Tuesday night for the American Association’s 2014 All-Star Game.

Six Winnipeg Goldeyes, including Kissock, were named to the North team earlier this month. Position players Luis Alen, Casey Haerther, Tyler Kuhn, Ryan Pineda and Donnie Webb will join Kissock in the all-star game, which went Tuesday night in Shaw Park in downtown Winnipeg.

“Having six of our own players in the game only added to the excitement surrounding the 2014 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries All-Star Game and Celebrations,” Goldeyes general manager Andrew Collier said on the Goldeyes website. “All six players are very deserving of the honour and I am sure our fans will enjoy watching them play in the game in our home park.”

Kissock, 29, is the lone Goldeyes pitcher selected to the North team’s pitching staff. He’s made 33 appearances out of the bullpen this season, going 0-3 with a 3.30 ERA and 12 saves.

Alen, 29, has been named the starting catcher for the North team. In his sixth season with the team, he’s hitting .297 this season with three home runs and 34 RBI.

Haerther, 26, has been named the starting first baseman for North team. He leads the American Association with a .389 batting average and has twice been named the league’s player of the week. He also has eight home runs and 45 RBI this season.

Kuhn, 27, has been named the starting shortshop for the North team. He’s tied for second in the American Association with a .354 batting average. He also has four home runs and 36 RBI this season.

Pineda, 25, has been selected as the utility player for the North team. He’s hitting .300 with two home runs and 24 RBI this season. Unfortunately, he will not be able to participate in the game due to a broken hand injury he suffered last week.

Webb, 28, has been selected as a starting outfielder for North team. He’s batting .288 with nine home runs and 37 RBI this season. He’s also tied for first in the American Association with 28 stolen bases.

The Goldeyes join the Wichita Wingnuts with six players selected to the game, which is the most of any team.

The North team will be comprised of players from the Goldeyes, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Gary SouthShore RailCats, St. Paul Saints, Sioux City Explorers and Sioux Falls Canaries, and Quebec Capitales and Trois-Rivieres Aigles of the Can-Am League. The South team will be comprised of players from the Lincoln Saltdogs, Kansas City T-Bones, Wichita Wingnuts, Grand Prairie AirHogs, Amarillo Sox and Laredo Lemurs, and New Jersey Jackals and Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League.

The Goldeyes lead the North Division with a 43-25 record.

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