Homegrown catcher leads US over World 10-1 in Futures Game

Jul 12, 2015 9:39 PM by Ross Field

CINCINNATI (AP) - A catcher who grew up rooting for the Reds had an All-Star day in their hitter-friendly ballpark. So did the rest of the U.S. team.

Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run triple that got the U.S. rolling to a 10-1 victory Sunday in an All-Star Futures Game managed by two members of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine. And Schwarber could appreciate what that meant - the Reds were his favorite team while he was growing up in nearby Middletown, Ohio.

In the ballpark where he dreamed of playing, Schwarber got the hit that put his team ahead to stay.

The 22-year-old Cubs catcher estimated that he had more than 100 relatives and friends scattered around the stands on Sunday at Great American Ball Park, which is a 45-minute drive from his home.

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