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J.T. Realmuto becomes first Phillie since Mike Schmidt to homer in All-Star Game

J.T. Realmuto is in his third season with the Phillies. (Cheryl Pursell)

J.T. Realmuto got the National League on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning during Tuesday evening’s All-Star Game. In the process, the three-time All-Star ended an unfortunate streak for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Realmuto’s home run off of Detroit Tigers lefty Gregory Soto marked the first All-Star Game home run hit by a Phillie since Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt in 1981:

Zack Wheeler – the other Phillies All-Star – didn’t get in the game until there were two outs in the top of the ninth inning. In his first All-Star Game appearance, the 31-year-old needed just three pitches to strike out Matt Olson:

Zach Eflin had this take on National League manager Dave Roberts’ curious handling of Wheeler:


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