SGC alumni makes appearance in Triple A All-Star game
Former South Georgia State College standout Jason Childers made an appearance in
the Triple A All-Star Game earlier this season, pitching the eighth inning
for the International League squad.
Childers spent two years with South Georgia State College, pitching for Scott
Sims’ Tigers from 1993-1994. He transferred to Kennesaw State University
where he continued his playing career. Childers was named First Team All
American in 1996 – the same year he helped Kennesaw State win a national
In 1997, the Milwaukee Brewers selected Childers as an undrafted free agent
that June. He has worked his way up the minor league ladder, eventually
earning a shot in the big leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006. Childers
spent the first month of the season with Tampa, where he went 0-1 with a
4.70 ERA in five games before going to Triple A Durham.
He landed with the Charlotte Knights in 2007, where he went 3-2 with a 3.91
ERA. A great first half of the 2008 season (3-1, 1.40 ERA, 31 strikeouts)
earned him a spot on the International League’s AllStar team. The day after
the Major League Baseball All Star Game, the Triple A all stars took the
field in Louisville, Ky. Childers has thrown out of the bullpen all season
in a variety of roles, but has been particularly adept as a set-up man or
In the eighth inning, Childers was called upon to preserve a 2-0 lead over
the Pacific Coast League. Childers, who hadn’t walked anyone since June,
replaced Jeremy Cummings and immediately walked Matthew Brown. He induced
Mark Saccamanno to fly out before walking Oswaldo Navarro.
With runners on first and second with one out, A.J. Ellis hit a grounder up
the middle that Childers deflected. The ball spun toward first base. Second
baseman Joe Thurston fielded the ball and flipped it to first for the out.
That put Navarro on second and Brown on third with one out. Though the
inning had lasted longer than it should have, Childers kept his cool and
calmly got Chris Barnwell to fly out to center for the third out.
Unfortunately, the International League would give up six runs in the top of
the ninth to fall behind 6-2. In the bottom of the frame, the International
League got three of those runs back, but lost the game by a run.
This season, Childers is 4-2 with a 1.15 ERA in 47 games (55 innings). He
has recorded 15 saves, 57 strikeouts and 13 walks. Opponents are batting
just .160 against him.