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Joc Pederson homers for PCL

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By The Staff

Albuquerque Isotopes outfielder Joc Pederson had the biggest hit of the night for the Pacific Coast League at Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game.
The PCL All-Stars took on the International League All-Stars in the annual game, played in Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
Pederson took a 3-1 pitch deep into the right field seats to put the PCL on the board in the All-Star Game.
But the PCL wouldn’t be able to muster nearly enough offense to keep pace with the International League. The International League prevailed 7-3 Wednesday.
Only Pederson and bench coach Glenn Dishman were on-hand to represent the Isotopes, who are sitting in third place in the four-team PCL Pacific Southern Division heading into the second half of the season.
Pederson has been one of the biggest bright spots for Albuquerque so far in 2014. He’s hitting .324 with 13 doubles, 4 triples, 17 home runs and has knocked in 43 runs.
His home run total is sixth-best in the league, as is his 20 stolen bases. He’s also fifth in slugging percentage. (.572).
For the game, Pederson went 1-for-3 and scored two of the PCL’s three runs.

Isotopes start homestand tonight

The Albuquerque Isotopes return to action tonight to start the second half of the PCL season.
The Isotopes will be at home to face off against the Sacramento River Cats, the first of an eight-game homestand. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
If Albuquerque (44-54) wants to contend for a division title this year, it has its work cut out for it in the second half. Albuquerque trails division-leading Las Vegas by 12 games and is four games behind second-place El Paso.
The Isotopes actually got the first half of the season finished on a good note, taking two of three contests from Las Vegas’ 51s on the road.
However, the first half road was rocky at best for Albuquerque, which had actually dropped to 12 games under .500 before taking the final two games off the 51s before the break.
Following this four-game series with the River Cats (56-41), the Isotopes will take on Fresno (47-51) for four games. The homestand continues through July 24 before the Isotopes travel to Reno July 25.