Wednesday, July 16, 2014

National League falls despite contributions from Reds All-Stars

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The National League wasn't able to muster enough offense to overcome the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game. And thus relinquished the chance to gain homefield advantage for the World Series. But the Reds were certainly well represented in the annual affair.

Alfredo Simon was the first Red to make an appearance in the game when he hurled one inning of relief in the third. Devin Mesoraco was the next Red into the game when he took over the catching duties from starter Jonathan Lucroy in the bottom of the fourth. Mesoraco struckout in his only at-bat.

In the sixth, Todd Frazier entered the game at third base, and worked a base on balls in his only trip to the plate. Reds hitters are now 0-for-19 in the All-Star Game since Scott Rolen singled in the 2010 affair.

Aroldis Chapman made his way into the game in the bottom of the eighth and promptly recorded the last two outs on just five pitches. On the last out, Chapman appeared to have sustained some sort of leg injury, as he hobbled off the field. Fortunately, all reports suggest Chapman is just fine despite evidence to the contrary.

The only Reds All-Star who did not make an appearance in the Midsummer Classic is Johnny Cueto due to pitching on Sunday. However, after the way starter Adam Wainwright kicked off the game, perhaps the league is wishing Cueto or Clayton Kershaw would have started the game instead.

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