Wieters' first All-Star performance not so memorable
In case you missed it, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters made the first All-Star Game appearance of his career late Tuesday night when he entered as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the sixth inning at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Wieters caught a scoreless sixth from the Cleveland Indians' Chris Perez, who gave way to the Seattle Mariners' Brandon League in the seventh. League allowed a leadoff single to the Houston Astros' Hunter Pence, then struck out the Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro.
With the San Francisco Giants' Pablo Sandoval at the plate, Wieters couldn't handle a pitch from League, the passed ball allowing Pence to move from first to third before scoring on Sandoval's ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for Wieters, who did not allow a single passed ball in the first half of the regular season and has been sterling defensively, this one came on a much bigger stage than the Orioles usually play on.
That said, the National League already held a 3-1 lead -- on their way to a 5-1 victory -- when Wieters allowed the passed ball, so it's not as if the miscue came in a particularly high-stakes situation.
In his only plate appearance, Wieters grounded out to second base to lead off the eighth.