Jul 15, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) of the Atlanta Braves throws a pitch in the 7th inning during the 2014 MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Craig Kimbrel strikes out side in All-Star game

Three different Atlanta Braves players made it into the All-Star game this year to represent the National League: Julio Teheran, Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrel.

While Teheran did not pitch in the game because of regular season timing problems, both Freemand and Kimbrel got looks and did well with them.

Freeman was the only player to make an error during the game, but he also went 1-1 from the plate, notching a single in the eighth inning against Sean Doolittle.

Meanwhile, Kimbrel (as suggested in the headline) was his typical self and struck out the side. In fact, without Freeman’s aforementioned error it wouldn’t have been possible. The big first baseman laughed about the event afterwards according to Mark Bowman with MLB.com:

Kimbrel certainly wasn’t tipping anything as he recorded three strikeouts in the scoreless seventh inning he produced during Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Target Field. The Braves’ closer might have completed the inning in perfect fashion had his Atlanta teammate Freddie Freeman not fumbled Alexei Ramirez‘s one-out grounder.

“It got Craig to be able to get another strikeout with me making that error,” Freeman said with a laugh. “I did that for him.”

As for Teheran, while he wasn’t able to participate in the game, he did enjoy participating in the Chevrolet Red Carpet Parade:

“That was the most fun I’ve had here,” Teheran said. “You get to see everybody and hear them yelling my name. That’s cool. It made me feel proud and like a star.”

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  • BravesBeliever

    I’ve got to get this off my chest and I hope it is appropriate for me to do so in this space: First, let me say that Derek Jeter is apparently, by all accounts, a prince of a guy. He’s never used steroids that we know of, plays the game the way it should be played, is a great teammate, a respectful and well-respected opposing player, was masterful with the glove and an excellent batsman. However, having said all that, let’s face it, even with all his off-the-field celebrity and on-field skills, he’s no Hank Aaron, no Ted Williams, no Willie Mays and not a super-star of their caliber. Last night I felt as if we had converted the All-Star game to “The Derek Jeter Invitational Baseball Tournament.” Jeter is well worth his due. But his due was greatly exceeded last night by a perpetual, on-going, seemingly never-ending highlight reel of a really good player but one who does not
    deserve more than a nice, long, focus on his career and leave it at that. He deserved that, but only that. He deserved a special few minutes which focused in on his accomplishments with an appropriate send off. What we got was a night full of Jeter, Jeter, Jeter…an endless parade of Jeterisms, Jeterfanaticisms and (almost) all Jeter (almost) all the time. The All-Star Game is just that- the ALL-Star Game, focusing on ALL of the ALL-Stars and giving a complete look-in, assessment and full accounting of the ALL-Stars…..ALL of them. It is not a royal send-off of any one player which lasts throughout the entire broadcast with the actual game and analysis of the ALL-Stars- ALL of them- being an interruption of the salute to a good player but one who does not deserve the over-wrought, over-played, overload attention that Jeter received, totally dominating the
    broadcast to the point that it became the Derek Jeter Memorial Show with an All–Star game as a sideline and, worse yet, I walked away knowing a lot less about ALL of the ALL-Stars then I would have liked to have learned with more professional insight rather than the slobbering, tounge-wagging dribble over Jeter. In fact, I think Jeter would agree with this assessment entirely. I think if he were watching, being the guy he is, the professional is, the man he is, he would totally agree and, in fact, will be embarrassed if he watches the broadcast at a later date. I felt as if I were invite to a Derek Jeter Tribute show and an All-Star Game just happened to break out. C’mon ESPN, get over your infatuation with single players and announce the game as it was intended to be announced- providing an in-depth look at ALL of the ALL-Stars….ALL of them. As to Kimbrell and Freeman, they acquitted themselves very nicely, Kimbrell striking out the side, lest one base runner who ironically enough reached base on a hard hit ball to Freddy ruled an error-which probably would
    not be an error for most any other 1st baseman- but which was no-harm, no-foul as Kimbrell dispatched the next two batters handily with smokin’ strike outs. More importantly, Freddy got a key hit which the National Leaguers following him could not cash in on and made one of those Elastic-Man stretches on an almost errant throw to complete an out at a very important point in the game. Also to be noted was the fact that the National League coach left Goldschmidt in one bat too many as I am certain in that key spot with runners on and 2 runs down, Freddy would have cashed them in. He dominates in those type situations and the results of the game may have been different. Suffice it to say, I was very proud of our Braves’ representative players who did the uniform justice and performed in excellent fashion. The audience may have had the chance to learn more in-depth, professional dispatched information about our ALL-Stars, too, if only Buck & Co. had been rude enough and had the fortitude required to interrupt the Jeter Invitational Baseball Tournament!

    • Carlos Collazo

      Many good points raised in this. I didn’t watch the entire thing all of the way through, but I thought the Jeter stuff they did was solid. Granted, if the entire game is like you say it was, I probably would have been put off a bit too.

      I’d recommend looking at this article by Sam Miller, of Baseball Prospectus: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24163

      He counts all of the times each player was mentioned or shown on the broadcast. It backs up what you say for sure.

      • BravesBeliever

        GREAT article, Carlos! I agreed with everything said about Jeter as well. I simply do not wish the All-Star Game to become an A-Star game. It’s not but one stop on the magical mystery Jeter tour which I all in favor of. But the ALL-Star game is for ALL the Stars in Baseball. We were left wondering much about many of the players, most of which could have and should have been shared by the learned announcers who are capable guys with a responsibility to share information about ALL the Stars rather than turning the affair into a going away tribute to one person. Last year it was Rivera, another deserving player, this year Jeter and the tribute gets bigger and bigger to the detriment of the broadcast quality of the Game itself. There should be a definite limit. But, again, Carlos, the BP article was superb! Thanks for sharing!