Visalia's Pat McAnaney Earns an All-Star Win
California League players celebrate after a walkoff HR (Pat McAnaney center)
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Posted Jun 24, 2009

Rawhide southpaw Pat McAnaney pitched a scoreless 10th to get the victory in the Cal/Car All-Star Game. A walkoff homer by Lancaster's Jon Gaston did in the Carolina League, as Team California won 2-1.

The Visalia Rawhide's two representatives in the California/Carolina League All-Star Game this week each tossed scoreless innings that were instrumental in the California League's 2-1, extra-inning victory.

Josh Collmenter pitched the third inning and was the second California League pitcher to appear in the game. He struck out two of the four All-Stars he faced, walking one.

Josh Collmenter the All-Star
Josh Collmenter

With the game tied 1-1 going into the 10th, Visalia's Patrick McAnaney finally got his chance in the game. It was odd that he hadn't yet been used, given that he has been one of the California League's most effective starters all year long, but it worked out well. McAnaney did allow back-to-back singles after getting the first two batters of the 10th to strike out looking, but he stranded both runners.

McAnaney gets the Win in the Cal/Car All-Star Game
Pat McAnaney

Then, to lead off the bottom half of the 10th, the JetHawks' Jon Gaston - who had been 0-for-3 with three strikeouts to that point - took Salem's Derrick Loop deep to straight away center, giving McAnaney and the California League a thrilling 2-1 victory in front of 6,689 fans.

Gaston is welcomed by his teammates, including Collmenter (3rd from L) and McAnaney (5th)
Lancaster's Jon Gaston (second from right) is welcomed by his teammates, including Josh Collmenter (3rd face from the left) and Pat McAnaney (5th)

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