MIAMI (BaseballStL) - Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina were among the brightest stars that gathered in Miami on Tuesday night for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game.
Four Martinez strikeouts and a Molina solo blast put the two in exclusive Cardinal company.
Martinez was called upon to pitch in the second and third innings. During his two-inning outing, he showed the baseball world what Cardinal Nation already knew: He is very, very good. He struck out four American Leaguers becoming only the second Cardinal pitcher to ever do so in an All-Star Game. Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean accomplished the feat in 1934, but not even he could match the velocity of Martinez. A number of Martinez's pitches reached the triple digits contributing to his incredible overall performance among the game's greatest players.
While Martinez was dazzling on the mound, his batterymate was taking care of business at the plate.
Molina, an eight-time All-Star, was the oldest position player on the National League roster. Perhaps it was his seniority or perhaps it was his eight Gold Gloves, but Molina is quite possibly the only catcher that could pull off an all-gold chest protector and catcher's mask. He did so in this year's Midsummer Classic, but his appearance would ultimately be trumped by his performance.
He first captivated the audience by snapping a photo of umpire Joe West and Seattle Mariner Nelson Cruz before an at-bat. Shortly after, all cameras were on Molina.
With the National League trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Molina deposited a 2-2 pitch into the bullpen in right for a homerun to tie the game. The 14-year veteran's homerun was the first by a Cardinal in the All-Star Game since Reggie Smith in 1974.
The American League would prevail by a score of 2-1 despite Molina's efforts after a 10th inning homerun off the bat of Robinson Cano of the Mariners.
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