St. Louis Cardinals' Sam Tuivailala throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the thirteenth inning in a baseball game, Sunday, May 3, 2015, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)
By: Mike Bailey, BaseballStL
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Memphis Redbirds pitcher Sam Tuivailala was selected to the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game and will represent the Redbirds alongside other Pacific Coast League stars in the 29th annual game against the stars of the International League. The Redbirds’ reliever was selected by a combination of field staff, media and fans.
The game will be held Wednesday, July 13 at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the Charlotte Knights, and will be televised live on MLB Network at 6 p.m. (CT). Redbirds manager Mike Shildt, a Charlotte native, will be a coach for the PCL All-Stars.
The winner will earn the right to have its champion play as the "home team" at the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game, taking place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at AutoZone Park in Memphis.
Tuivailala is tied for fourth in the PCL with 12 saves, and his 13.6 K/9 IP ratio is second in the league. In 28 appearances covering 31.0 innings, Tuivailala has struck out 47 and walked 15, and he is limiting opponents to a .231 batting average.
Since the series at Oklahoma City April 19-22, Tuivailala has had 18 scoreless appearances out of 23.
Tuivailala was also named a PCL All-Star in 2015, but he did not pitch due to a promotion to St. Louis. Copyright 2016 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.