For the first time since 1992, two Pirates took the field to start the All-Star Game.
Bryan Reynolds started in center field and was eighth in the batting order, while Adam Frazier started at second base and batted ninth.
Reynolds went 0-2 in his two at-bats and was substituted for Dodgers OF Chris Taylor after the fifth inning.
Frazier also left in the fifth for Braves 2B Ozzie Albies, but he caught some attention before bowing out.
He was the first National Leaguer to record a hit and even had an All-Star play in the field.
This is why he’s your starting second baseman. pic.twitter.com/Ex4QuNOvMi— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 14, 2021
With Frazier looming lists as one of MLB’s hottest names on the trade market, performing well on the national stage is only going to drive up his trade value.
As for the final score, the NL All-Stars dropped their eighth consecutive All-Star Game in a 5-2 loss.
Blue Jays 1B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won the All-Star Game MVP award with a pair of RBI’s including this moonshot in the third inning.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. just hit a 468-foot home run. My GOODNESS— Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) July 14, 2021
Vladdy trying to seize All-Star Game MVP early!pic.twitter.com/tiY0qoVbsr
Well, it’s a good thing they don’t play for homefield advantage in the World Series anymore, because then the Pirates would have to start the World Series on the road if they got there. Now, the Pirates embark on the second half of their season and their for sure 72-0 record the rest of the way to march them into the playoffs.
The Pirates return Friday to PNC Park against the Mets. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. EST.