Indianapolis Indians catcher Tony Sanchez's second-inning three-run homer powered the visiting International League to a 4-3 victory against the Pacific Coast League late Wednesday night at the 2013 Class AAA All-Star Game in Reno, Nev.
A sellout crowd of 10,135, the largest in Reno Aces Ballpark's five-year history, witnessed early offensive power, followed by a stellar performance by both bullpens and flawless defensive execution all around.
International League starter Greg Reynolds of Louisville picked up the win, Pacific Coast starter Jarred Cosart was the loser.
Sanchez was named MiLB.com Top Star for the International League, while the Pacific Coast League's honor went to Memphis reliever Michael Wacha.
Sanchez was drafted fourth overall by the Pirates in the 2009, and appeared in two games as a designated hitter with the Pirates earlier this season.
He's batting .282 with a .364 on-base percentage and more home runs (nine) than all of last year.
"I can't believe it," said Sanchez, who deposited the first pitch he saw from Cosart into the right-field bullpen.
"Coming to a game like this with all the talent you're surrounded by. You just hope you don't mess up. You don't expect to shine like that, and with an arm like Jarred Cosart's, you don't expect to do something like that."
Cosart was coming off his major league debut five days earlier, when he took a no-hitter into the seventh en route to hurling eight shutout innings against Tampa Bay for a win.
"You don't expect a guy like Cosart to give up four runs in the first two innings," Sanchez said.
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