There may not be any major league action for two full days, but that doesn't mean there isn't baseball. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be held on Wednesday night in Reno, Nevada.
The Pacific Coast League will take on the International League on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. PT, and it will be televised by MLB Network.
Unfortunately the only Dodgers representative will be Chili Buss, a 26-year-old outfielder. Buss, drafted by the Dodgers in the eighth round in 2008, is hitting .292/.353/.544 with 19 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs, 56 runs scored, 71 runs batted in and 11 stolen bases in 88 games.
Buss will start in left field and lead off for the PCL.
It was another 26-year-old who didn't make the All-Star team, but was named the Isotopes first half MVP by Chris Jackson of the Albuquerque Examiner. Red Patterson was 5-3 with a 3.42 ERA in 30 games, including six starts for Albuquerque, with 71 strikeouts and 29 walks in 68⅓ innings.
"As a starter when I used to start, that was one thing I could do is throw all three pitches, four pitches for strikes. Get ahead early in the counts and make hitters uncomfortable," Patterson told Jackson. "I think that really did help, starting, I was able to go back into the pen when they needed me. I was able to use that and get ahead and be effective."
Triple-A All-Star Game info
Time: 6 p.m. PT
TV: MLB Network