Alvarez, Lincoln make Futures Game debut

Pedro Alvarez hit fifth and served as the designated hitter for the US team in Sunday’s rain-delayed and rain-shortened All-Star Futures Game. After enduring a four hour, nine minute delay, Alvarez went 1-for-2 with a second-inning strikeout and a third-inning RBI infield single.

Alvarez was then replaced with a pinch hitter in the fifth.

Brad Lincoln was the final pitcher to take the mound for the US team on Sunday and unfortunately got hit around a bit. With the game tied in the seventh, two outs and an inherited runner at second, Lincoln allowed a go-ahead RBI double. Another RBI double followed, before Lincoln walked the third hitter he faced. Lincoln finally induced a pop-out (to himself) to end the inning.

The game lasted only seven inning because of the lengthy rain delay and the need to get in the celebrity game on Sunday as well. The World team defeated the US team, 7-5.

“Being around everybody was awesome,” Lincoln said afterward. “It didn’t turn how we wanted it to, but I got out there and enjoyed myself.”

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