66ers, Quakes players cherish all-star experience

Certainly the dramatic 2-1, 10-inning win for the California League over the Carolina League on Tuesday was reason to celebrate for the three Sixers and Quakes players who played in the game in front of 6,689 fans at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore. But more than anything else, they enjoyed the opportunity to be an all-star.

“I’ll have to see if they’re booing me on Thursday (when the Sixers play at Lake Elsinore),” said Sixers outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who was 0-for-4 in the game. “I can’t describe the feeling. It’s the best feeling I’ve ever had in baseball.”

Said Sixers pitcher Tim Sexton, who pitched a shutout seventh, allowing one hit and striking out one: “I felt good. This was the best velocity I’ve had in a while. It was a great atmosphere, and to be here with these guys in this lockerroom.”

Quakes pitcher Alexander Torres, the team’s lone all-star, retired the side in order in the fifth inning, striking out one. “I felt great,” said the Venezuela native. “It’s my first all-star game in the states. It felt good (to be an all-star), that they know I’ve done a good job.”

A third Sixers all-star, Alberto Bastardo, was promoted to Double-A Chattanooga on Monday before the game and didn’t make the trip. But he asked Robinson to retrieve his California League all-star jersey so he would have a souvenir, even if he didn’t have the memories.