Wisconsin Timber Rattlers outfielder Monte Harrison homered twice to drive in three runs for the Western Division team in its 5-2 victory in this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game.
Not only did he single-handedly drive in more runs than the entire Eastern Division team, Harrison also was the only player with more than one hit in Tuesday’s contest. His effort earned him the game’s most valuable player award — and a bath of water poured on him by teammates during the presentation.
The West team’s other two runs came off the bat of Cedar Rapids Kernels first baseman Lewin Diaz, who homered for a two-spot in the top of the 4th inning. Harrison’s homers came in the 7th (solo) and the 9th (two-run) innings.
The East All-Stars were the first and last team to score. In the 1st inning, Lansing’s Bo Bichette singled, stole second base, and scored on Lugnuts teammate Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s groundout to shortstop. In the game’s final frame, Loons shortstop Brendon Davis launched a 425-foot bomb to centerfield, pleasing the home crowd.
Before the game began, Loons outfielder Carlos Rincon threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Guerrero. Rincon won Monday’s Home Run Derby, beating Guerrero in the final round of the competition.
Attendance was announced as 5,009.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler