Craig Black & Blue but Happy after Futures Game

Pirates prospect reflects on his All Star Weekend experience

Noah Hiles
July 07, 2019 - 10:37 pm

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CLEVELAND (93.7 The Fan) – Will Crag’s first appearance in the Sirius XM All Star Futures game will be one he won’t soon forget. If he does, all that Craig has to do is look at the pair of bruises that can be found on his left hand and left side, which will serve as a painful but also happy reminder.

The Pirates first round draft pick in 2016 reached base in each of his two plate appearances on Monday, just not in the most enjoyable way. In his first at bat, in the top of the first inning, Craig took a fastball to the ribs from Justin Dunn (Mariners) to become the first base runner of the game. The next time up, Craig was hit once again, this time by Matt Manning (Tigers), on the arm.

Craig played three innings in the field for the National League, who was ahead 2-0 after he exited the game in the top of the fourth inning when Nolan Gorman (Cardinals) pinch ran for him following his second HBP.

“It’s better than two strikeouts I guess,” joked Craig after the game. “You go up there looking to swing for sure. I was a little late and kept fouling balls off which is what eventually led to me getting hit.”

“I might be the first guy in futures game history with two hit by pitches.”

The baseball also seemed to gravitate toward Craig in the field, with five of the first nine outs recorded by the National league being groundouts. Craig played a role in putting away the first American league baserunner of the ball game, as he perfectly executed his end of a run down when Mackenzie Gore (Padres) caught Jo Adell (Angles) leaning off first base and successfully picked him off.

After eight innings of play, the Futures game ended in a tie with the final score being 2-2. Sam Huff (Rangers) was named the games most valuable player after hitting a game tying two run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning which sent the game to extra innings.