This year’s Mid-Summer Classic ended with yet another win for the American League. The game was played at the Great American Ballpark in Cincincatti. The Boston Red Sox only had one representative, Brock Holt, and he did not disappoint for the Sox.
Coming into the game, nobody was really sure about what type of role Holt would have. He was not seen until the seventh inning when he was subbed in to replace Mike Trout as a pinch-runner. But right when he came in, he made an immediate positive impact.
Holt stole second base on a breaking ball thrown by pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, after seeing the previous pitch put in the dirt. He then scored on a double hit by Manny Machado. This run gave the American League another insurance run which helped them to a 6-3 win over the National League.
After being put into the game, Holt stayed in and played three innings in left field. In his one at-bat, he struck out against the Cincinatti Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman.
For Holt, this was his first All-Star selection. As Red Sox fans, we’re all hoping that it is just the first of many. He may be the most versatile player in the Major League’s, and that showed as he was the first player in history to be selected to the All-Star team who had started at seven positions, every one other than pitcher and catcher.
The Red Sox are starting the second-half of the season in last place in the A.L. East. Toward the end of the first half, they were starting to turn things around before dropping two of three at Fenway Park to their rival the New York Yankees. With the American League winning the All-Star Game, this means their World Series representative will have home field advantage. Let’s hope that Holt’s contributions can help turn the Sox season around and maybe we can see game one of the World Series being played at Fenway.