Written by Mike Kelly
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 11:24
Greg Holland and Madison Bumgarner are living the dream. Both of those guys were invited to play in the 84th Annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game
Tuesday night at Citi Field in New York City.
Holland, a member of the Kansas City Royals, played at McDowell High and Western Carolina University. He was added to the American League team as a replacement pitcher after Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma and Oakland's Bartolo Colon were ruled out of competing because they started their team's games last Sunday.
Holland tossed a third of an inning, faced two batters and gave up a hit in the American League's 3-0 win. The win gives the AL home-field advantage in the World Series.
Holland, who was taken by the Royals in the tenth round of the MLB Draft in 2007, is in his fourth season with Kansas City (he played in 15 games in 2010, and he appeared in 46 games in 2011).
Holland, who made his first All-Star Game appearance, was the Royals top relief pitcher in 2011. He's 2-1 this season with a 1.80 earned-run-average, and he's picked up 22 saves in 24 save-opportunities.
Bumgarner, a member of the San Francisco Giants, was selected to play for the National League. And like Holland, it was Bumgarner's first All-Star Game selection.
But Bumgarner did not play. He's 10-5 on the year with a 3.02 ERA. Bumgarner won his last start, a 4-2 win against the San Diego Padres on July 11.
Bumgarner went seven strong innings and retired 20 of the last 21 batters he faced. He coughed up two earned runs on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Photo Courtesy: Greg Holland, PHOTO SUBMITTED