Tuesday night’s All-Star Game on FOX in Minneapolis may have been one long curtain call for Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, but Mike Trout also had his shining moments.
Come to think of it, so did a few Dodgers — Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Dee Gordon. But definitely not Yasiel Puig.
While Jeter was celebrated in his 14th and final All-Star appearance, Trout, the Angels’ center fielder and arguably the best player in the game, had a memorable night in the American League’s 5-3 win over the National League at Target Field.
Trout followed Jeter’s first-inning double with an RBI triple off the wall in right field, made a nice running catch of a sinking fly ball by Troy Tulowitzki in the third and hit a high chopper over third base for a run-scoring double in the fifth that gave the AL a 4-3 lead.
Not a bad night for a 22-year-old kid playing in his third All-Star Game.
Trout seems to revel in these games. He was 2 for 3 with one run and two RBI, and in three All-Star appearances, he is a collective 4 for 7, a .571 average.
You think he likes the spotlight?
Meanwhile, Angels shortstop Erick Aybar appeared as a defensive replacement in the top of the eight, replacing Aexi Ramirez, but did not get a chance to hit.
Dodgers starters Kershaw and Greinke each threw one scoreless inning, and second baseman Dee Gordon had a spectacular All-Star debut. He entered the game as a pinch-runner for Chase Utley in the fourth and sprinted home on a double by Milwaukee’s Jonathan Lucroy.
In the bottom of the sixth, Gordon made a diving stop of a grounder by Michael Brantley in short left field and threw out Brantley at first.
Congratulations to @Trouty20 for MVP honors. Continues to amaze on so many levels. Passion, dedication & love for the game! #AngelsMVP
But Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who didn’t hit a ball out of the park in Tuesday’s home run derby, had a rough night. He struck out three times, once each by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, Texas’ Yu Darvish and Detroit’s Max Scherzer.