The Cincinnati Reds organization had a mostly good showing in the District of Columbia. As Reds major and minor leaguers left an impact in this year’s MLB All-Star Game festivities.
Cincinnati Reds minor leaguers had a good day on Sunday at the Future’s Game. Reds prospects Taylor Trammell and Hunter Greene were the organization’s two participants in the game. Greene threw over 100 miles per hour several times on Sunday. While Trammell had two hits and a home run. Trammell was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.
Meanwhile, Monday brought a good moment for a Reds division rival. When Chicago Cubs catcher and Kyle Schwarber advanced to the final round of Monday’s Home Run Derby. The Middletown, Ohio native ultimately lost to Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper. This was the first Home Run Derby won by a player from the hosting team since 2015. When the Cincinnati Reds hosted the festivities and former Reds slugger Todd Frazier won.
On Tuesday, Reds infielders Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez entered the All-Star Game in the sixth inning. Votto struggled in the fielding department during the game. In the top of the sixth, Votto struggled to field a difficult throw from Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies. Story made up for it with a game tying solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. Meanwhile, Votto led off the bottom of the sixth and got a fly out.
Votto’s rough night fielding-wise continued in the top of the eighth. Dropping a chance to get an out against Seattle Mariners slugger Jean Segura in foul territory. Counting as the only error of the entire game. On the next pitch Segura hit a three run homer to give the American League a 5-2 lead. Off of Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader, who had a rough night to say the least. After Segura’s homer though Votto’s night improved on defense and at the plate.
Votto caught the opening out of the top of the ninth inning. He also hit the last of a record ten home runs overall in this All-Star Game. With the home run occurring in the bottom of the tenth inning. The solo homer became the National League’s last run of the game. As the American League went on to win 8-6; winning their sixth consecutive All-Star Game.
Suarez and Votto connected for an out in the top of the seventh. Later, Suarez was hit by a pitch in his first at bat of the game. With that first at bat occurring in the bottom of the seventh. He advanced to second on a wild pitch, yet was left stranded there to end the inning. Suarez and Cleveland Indians star Francisco Lindor had a brief chat overheard on the FOX TV broadcast. Lindor was one of several players to be mic’d up; their exchange was one of the most fun moments of the night. Suarez ultimately did not get a hit in his first Midsummer Classic.
Scooter Gennett’s had quite a night in his first All-Star appearance. He was the only National League position player to not appear in the game when the ninth inning began. Gennett got into the game in the bottom of the ninth. With a record setting seventh home run of the game. A two run homer to tie the game at five runs each; ultimately sending the game to extra innings. The top of the tenth was the only time that all three Reds All-Stars were on defense together.
Overall, the Cincinnati Reds had an evening their fans could be satisfied with. Contributing to an extra inning slugfest with plenty of highlights.