Brewers play big role in ASG

Considering his teammates comprised a third of the National League’s starting lineup and a prominent piece of the bullpen, Aramis Ramirez had a hunch Tuesday afternoon that his Brewers would “have a big influence” in the 85th All-Star Game.

In the end, he was exactly right.

For the first time, multiple Brewers collected multiple hits in an All-Star Game, as Jonathan Lucroy delivered a pair of RBI doubles and Ramirez scored a run in the National Leaguers’ 5-3 loss to their American League rivals. Before Tuesday, Ryan Braun in 2012 owned the only multi-hit All-Star Game for a Brewer.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched in a non-save situation — a spot that has given him trouble at times this season — but delivered a scoreless sixth inning, working around a walk and getting help from Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon on a slick, inning-ending play.

Carlos Gomez, meanwhile, was 0-for-2 with a pop-out behind home plate and a strikeout.

“We’ve got to get on ‘Gomey,’” Ramirez said. “He didn’t do anything.”

Ramirez was joking, so he added:  “I think we represented our team well.”

Lucroy played a central role from the bottom of the first inning onward. As Yankees captain Derek Jeter stepped to the plate for the first plate appearance of his final All-Star Game, Lucroy rose and moved back from home plate while NL starter Adam Wainwright vacated the pitcher’s mound, allowing Jeter to stand alone and receive a long standing ovation. When Lucroy and Wainwright finally took their positions, Jeter turned and offered congratulations to Lucroy, a first-time All-Star.

Jeter looked at Ball 1 low before driving a fastball out over the plate to right field for a double. Wainwright later suggested that he planned from the start to deliver Jeter “a couple of pipe shots.”

Later, Lucroy distanced himself from that notion.

“I think [Wainwright] was trying to get him out,” Lucroy said. “We were going to win. I can tell you that right now. I’m back there catching, and I’m calling the game to win. If that ball is located down, it’s probably an out.”

Lucroy appreciated his part in Jeter’s final Midsummer Classic.

“You kind of appreciate what it means to be a guy like that, who has played as long as he has and been successful as long as he has,” Lucroy said. “He plays the game the right way and has always been a clean-cut, hard-working, hard-playing guy, and I think everyone appreciates that.”

Said Ramirez: “He deserved that and more. The guys a class, class act, on and off the field. Never heard negative stuff about Jeter and I don’t think we will.”

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