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Bryant reacts to near-RBI hit, Walsh catch in ASG

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Kris Bryant had a chance for MLB All-Star Game glory late in Tuesday's game. 

The Cubs third baseman stepped to plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, the National League trailing the American League 5-2.

Bryant worked the count to 3-0 against Red Sox closer Matt Barnes, and, at this point, only one thing was on his mind.

"I was like, ‘We’re down three. I can hit a grand slam here and I would definitely win the All-Star Game MVP,'" Bryant joked after the game.

"‘I’m definitely going to swing right here no matter what.’"

Bryant did just that, putting a good swing on Barnes' belt-high fastball on the outer half of the plate. But there would be no glory on this night.

The Angels' Jared Walsh robbed him of at least one RBI with a nice sliding catch in left field.

Bryant appeared to crack a smile as he returned to the dugout, acknowledging postgame he thought the ball was going to drop in.

Walsh, the Angels' first baseman, has never played left in the big leagues.

"Sometimes that’s how the All-Star Game works," said Bryant, recalling how he played the outfield in the 2015 exhibition, when he had limited experience out there.

Bryant has played plenty of outfield since then, appearing there more than third base this season, in fact. Like Walsh, he played left on Tuesday.

 

But while Bryant will play anywhere on the diamond, Walsh had a hilarious response to his catch after the game.

Contributing from Denver: Maddie Lee

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