The contest looks rigged, when you've got his power. The Rangers' future slugger, tied for the minor league league with 31 homers this year, smashed the window of a Chevy truck on the right-field plaza with a batting-practice home run -- but no, he didn't get to drive away with it -- then hit one even farther during the game. Gallo, a third baseman at Class AA Frisco, bashed a sixth-inning fastball from Astros prospect
"This is definitely the most memorable [home run] I've ever hit," said Gallo, who has collected 93 of them in the minors already, before he's turned 21. "To hit a homer in front of 37,000 people? That's crazy."
Almost as crazy as the talent on display at Target Field two days before the major league All-Stars take over.
There was power, supplied by Gallo and Cubs Class AAA shortstop
None of them were recorded by
"I was fooling with the lineup card, getting all the changes [written] in," U.S. manager
"I threw four four-seam fastballs. It was over before I blinked," said Meyer, whose day amounted to a first-pitch fly ball, an 0-and-1 single, and a first-pitch double-play grounder by
"I felt excited to be on that mound. My fastball was hitting its spots," Berrios said. Does he like pitching in Target Field? "Oh yes," he said. "Hopefully soon."
Kennys Vargas learned something about his future ballpark, too. The New Britain first baseman, batting cleanup for the World team, clubbed a pitch to deep right field in the fourth inning, but instead of carrying over the wall, it landed on the warning track. Vargas hustled for a double, his only hit in a 1-for-4 day.
Vargas, Gallo and Cubs AAA third baseman
"We have a friendly competition, nothing hostile. But it's a good thing that one didn't count today," said Bryant, who is tied with Gallo with 31 minor league homers this year. "You don't expect anything else from him. He puts the barrel on the ball, and it sure is a joy to watch."
Well, unless you own that truck, a Chevy promotion on the plaza.
"After I got through hitting, I looked up at the [scoreboard], and they were showing the shattered window. I was like, 'Oh, cool,'?" Gallo said. "My mom just texted me a picture of her with the car and the smashed window."
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