Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Prep baseball: IMG's Perez throws scoreless inning in All-Star Game


Holmes Beach native and IMG graduate Chris Perez threw a scoreless inning for the American League during tonight's All-Star Game.

Perez, a closer with the Cleveland Indians, retired Los Angeles' Matt Kemp and Cincinnati's Joey Votto, the latter of whom struck out, before allowing a double to Yadier Molina.

Molina was Perez's battery mate while Perez was with St. Louis, and he tipped his cap and smiled at the pitcher prior to the at-bat.

Perez smiled back after Molina stopped at second.

But the double didn't hurt the AL, as Perez retired Justin Upton on a fly out to left.

Tuesday marked Perez's first appearance in an All-Star game. He is 2-4 with a 2.43 ERA and 21 saves in 36 games with the surprising Indians, who are 47-42 and a half game back of first-place Detroit in the American League Central.

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