Cincinnati It was a star crossed night for Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez.
He came on in the seventh inning in a set up role with the American League clinging to a 3 2 lead in the All Star Game on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park.
Mike Trout, the reigning AL MVP who homered in his first at bat, led off against Rodriguez and walked. Brock Holt pinch ran and stole second with Baltimore’s Manny Machado at the plate. Machado then doubled off wall in right center to drive in Holt.
Rodriguez got Mark Teixeira to ground out to second, but Holt moved on to third. Former Brewer Prince Fielder added insult to injury with a sacrifice fly to left. Cheap Fake NFL Jerseys from China Wholesale It was Fielder’s second RBI of the game. Martinez grounded out to end the inning.
That left Rodriguez’s ERA for the night at a lofty 18.00.
Milwaukee right fielder Ryan Braun, who was booed during the pregame introductions, pinch hit to lead off the ninth. He tripled to right off Minnesota’s Glen Perkins and scored on Brandon Crawford’s sacrifice fly.
Warm welcome:Pete Rosecame home for the game and made a rare on field appearance in the place where he’s still treated like a king.
The hits king was voted one of Cincinnati’s Franchise Four players as part of a Major League Baseball promotion. Rose and Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin and Joe Morgan were introduced on the field before the game.
The 74 year old Rose was last out of the AL dugout. Fans started chanting “Pete! Pete!” when they saw him reach the top step, wearing a red jacket and tie.
He always gets a good reception in his hometown. This one was a bit more subdued than usual home run derby champion Todd Frazier got a more raucous cheer, and the boos for St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina were louder, as well.
Even so, Rose acknowledged it was emotional.
“The only bad thing about being out there: I didn’t get no at bats,” Rose said afterward. “I wish I had gotten a couple of at bats. The fans were wonderful.
“I’ve been going through this love affair for 30 years. The fans are great.”
What’s next for Rose? He still has no idea.
Rose was banned for betting on baseball in 1989 and has a long standing application for reinstatement pending. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he hasn’t yet scheduled a meeting with Rose to discuss it.
Rose’s moment preceded the honoring of Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Willie Maysand Bench as baseball’s greatest living players. Koufax, who attended the University of Cincinnati, threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Bench.
Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Rollie Fingers and Cecil Cooper were announced as the Milwaukee Brewers’ Franchise Four.
Riding the cycle: A little on Trout’s all star success: He’s played in the midsummer classic in each of his first four full seasons, and he’s hit for the cycle with his first at bats in the four appearances and in order.
He has a single, double, triple and now a homer.
He’s the ninth player to hit for the cycle in all star history.
He’s in pretty good company: Ernie Banks, George Brett, Roberto Clemente, Steve Garvey, Willie Mays, Mike Schmidt, Lou Whitakerand Ted Williams.
Plot twist: The NL used the Reds clubhouse, and one locker assignment brought a few smiles: Molina was assigned to Brandon Phillips’ locker.
In 2010, the Reds second baseman angered the Cardinals by calling them a derogatory name in an interview. He tapped Molina’s shinguard while leading off the next day as a sign of friendship, and Molina took exception. A brawl between the teams ensued.
Told that he was assigned Phillips’ locker Tuesday, Molina laughed and said, “It is? I should write something for him. It’s funny. You think they did that on purpose? I don’t mind.”
Molina said the two of them have made amends over the years.
NL players were asked to put their signature to 41 boxes of balls (a dozen per box). Also, 21 players put out their jerseys for signing and there were also 18 all star jerseys set on a table running the length of the clubhouse.