COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – For the fifth time in Hall of Fame Game history, rain shortened the game, stopping the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds after just 2 ½ innings of play. The partial contest lasted just 43 minutes, and marked the first time since 1993 that rain halted the annual game.
At the time, the Reds were leading 3-0, but the game did not count because the teams had not played five complete innings (or 4 ½ if the Pirates had been winning).
Minor leaguers Chris Dickerson, Quinton McCracken and Jason LaRue each recorded a hit for the Reds. Cincinnati pitcher Eric Milton held Pittsburgh hitless and scoreless through the first two innings, and recorded two strikeouts.
It was the 60th renewal of the game, and Pirates’ shortstop Jose Hernandez won the pregame home run derby, blasting a record-tying eight home runs.
Ryan Freel, a utility player for the Cincinnati Reds, participating in the home run derby. (Milo Stewart Jr., National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)