The Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) slugger claimed the MWL Star of Stars honor with a two-run homer, a double and a single as the Eastern team defeated the West, 7-1, in front of 4,638 fans at John O’Donnell Stadium.
He relaxed once the game started, his one-out single in the third inning started a three-run East rally that broke a 1-1 tie.
His leadoff double in the seventh led to another run. Then he put the game on ice in the ninth by blasting a pitch from Swing of the Quad Cities left-hander Danny Borne well over the wall in right center.
“That was fun,” Bruce said. “I struggled against lefties earlier in the year, so it means something to hit one against a left-hander here. I hadn’t even thought about the star of the game award, but everyone was telling me it was mine.”
Bruce finished the first half batting .294 with 24 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs and 46 RBIs. He said he enjoyed his trip to the Midsummer Classic.
Other Dragons that participated were Eymann (0-1), Tatum (0-1), Griffin (0-2). Johnny Cueto started for the East and gave up a run in his only inning of work. Closer Blake Hendley pitched 2/3 of an inning, getting 2 strikeouts.