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Freeman Registers Scoreless Appearance At All-Star Game

07/26/2017 3:16 PM -

OTTAWA -- AirHogs lefty Michael Freeman fired 1 1/3 scoreless innings at the American Association/Can-Am League All-Star Game Tuesday at RCGT Park. Freeman walked 1 and struck out 2 without surrendering a hit in the American Association's 3-2 loss to the Can-Am squad.

 

An alum of Bishop Kelley High School, Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University, Freeman has posted a 3-3 record with an ERA of 4.14. Formerly part of the Houston Astros system, Freeman joined the AirHogs shortly before the start of the regular season and was initially brought out of the bullpen, making 4 relief appearances totaling 7 ⅓ innings while surrendering 0 runs and just 1 hit.

The 2017 American Association/Can-Am League All-Star Game was held at RCGT Park in Ottawa, Ontario. The American Association All-Stars, led by Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney, battled the Can-Am All-Stars. Forney selected the pitchers and reserves for the American Association All-Star team while position players were determined by a vote of the American Association's field managers.

The AirHogs take on the Kansas City T-Bones tonight in the opener of a 4-game set at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. 1st pitch is slated for 7:05 pm. Tickets for the next AirHogs’ homestand, beginning July 30th vs. Gary, are available. Email info@texasairhogs.com for more details. For the latest information on the AirHogs, follow the team on Twitter and Facebook @TXAirHogs.

Full press release from last night's All-Star festivities, courtesy of the Ottawa Champions, is available below:

Can-Am League Win Caps Off Festive All-Star Week

By Craig Richenback
OttawaChampions.com

July 25, 2017, Ottawa, ON On a night that included a pregame tribute to former Ottawa Mayor Jim Durrell and a welcome message from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, it was the players who stole the spotlight at RCGT Park.

The Can-Am League defeated the American Association 3-2 on an historic night that marked the first professional baseball All-Star Game played in Ottawa.

The 5000 fans in attendance were in it from the very start and cheered loudly every time the ZOOperstars took the field, led by such acts as Cow Ripken Jr., Tommy Laswordfish, and Mackeral Jordan.

The Can-Am League All-Stars struck first in the first off American Association starter Mark Hamburger as New Jersey Jackals outfielder Johnny Bladel led off with a double and his teammate Brian Burgamy drove him home with a single.

The American Association tied it up in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Wichita’s Matt Chavez, but back-to-back RBI singles by Quebec’s Yordan Manduley and Ottawa’s Danny Grauer in the bottom of the inning put the Can-Am League back on top 3-1.

“I was really pleased with the way my guys played,” said Can-Am League manager Hal Lanier. “But everyone played very well.

“They represented their clubs well, represented the Can-Am League very well, and you saw great pitching from both sides.”

By the time Harry Canary came out to lead the crowd in Take Me Out to the Ballgame there was a palpable buzz in the stadium.

A travel snafu earlier in the day allowed a funny moment to happen in the eighth inning.

With the American Association shorthanded by two players due to the inability of the Lincoln Saltdogs players to get to Ottawa, Champions shortstop Daniel Bick was forced into action on the AA side.

He struck out in his only at-bat but did get to throw out teammate Sebastien Boucher on a 6-3 groundout.

 

Trois-RivieresEdilson Alvarez pitched one inning for the win while Fargo-Moorhead’s Tyler Alexander took the loss.

Quebec’s Nolan Becker allowed a run in the eighth to make it a one run game but New Jersey’s Johnny Hellweg shut it down in the ninth to pick up the save preserve the win for the Can-Am League.

Grauer was named All-Star MVP after driving in what would be the game winning run with his RBI single in the fourth.

 



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