Bees infielder Shawn O'Malley arrived at Smith's Ballpark early Sunday morning and was summoned to his manager's office for some news. O'Malley's face must have displayed some worry, because Salt Lake skipper Keith Johnson immediately informed his player that it was of the good variety.
Indeed it was.
O'Malley was named to the PCL All-Star team and will be playing in the Triple-A All-Star game on July 16 in Durham, North Carolina.
"I was just relieved that it wasn't bad news," O'Malley said. "It's always a good thing when you go into the manager's office for good news."
O'Malley is hitting .342 on the season.
During the Bees' 6-5 victory over Tacoma Monday night, O'Malley showed some All-Star merit. Down 1-0 in the fourth inning, the Bees had the bases loaded, but had two outs when O'Malley stepped into the batter's box. O'Malley quickly fell behind in the count 0-2, but battled back to draw a walk that scored the tying run. The Bees would take the lead later in the inning courtesy of a wild pitch and would never surrender the lead.
When the 26-year-old infielder makes the trek to Bull City, it will be a homecoming of sorts. O'Malley was drafted by the Tampa Bay organization and had a stint with the Durham Bulls in 2012.
"It will be nice to go back and see some familiar faces," O'Malley said.
Bees outfielder Brennan Boesch was originally selected to represent Salt Lake in the Triple-A version of the midsummer classic, but pulled out.
"(Boesch) has been battling some injuries," Johnson said. "It's been a little bit of everything. It's been his leg, his oblique, his shoulder, it's been a number of things. I think those three days are more important than going to the All-Star game at this point in his career. But it's a great opportunity for a guy like Shawn."
It's an opportunity that O'Malley is more than happy to take.Comment on this story
"I think if you have been there before, or you have been to the big leagues, it's one of those it's cool, but I want to spend the break with my wife or whoever," O'Malley said. "But for me, I have never been a part of an All-Star game, so it will be nice to go and be in that atmosphere for the first time in my life."
"I didn't (talk to Boesch)," O'Malley said. "But I should tell him thanks."
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In short: Wade Leblanc pitched 7.1 inning, only giving up two runs to help the Bees build up a 6-2 lead. The lead was just enough to survive a furious three-run rally by Tacoma in the ninth as Salt Lake held on for a 6-5 victory.
Next up: Tacoma at Salt Lake, Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.