Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The AL defeats the NL in All Star Game

The American League defeated the National League in the MLB All Star Game on Tuesday night.  The game took place at Great American Ballpark in Cincinatti, Ohio and the final score was 6-3 AL.  Pete Rose was a story as he was an analyst for Fox for the game but also got to be on the field and mostly cheered as part of the Franchise Four promotion.  The guys that stood out pitching wise were Dellin Betances from the Yankees pitching for the AL and Aroldis Chapman from the hometown Reds and pitching for the NL.  Jacob deGrom also dominated from the Mets striking out the side and only throwing ten pitches.  Felix Hernandez and David Price each pitched perfect innings for the AL and Price had two strikeouts and Hernandez had a strikeout.  Chris Archer and Glen Perkins gave up the earned runs.  Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Francisco Rodriguez and Mark Melancon gave up the earned runs for the NL. 

Andrew McCutchen had a hit and an RBI for the NL.  Jhonny Peralta had a hit and an RBI, the NL only managed six hits.  Ryan Braun hit a triple, McCutchen hit a homerun and the NL was 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.   

Mike Trout led off the game with a homerun and he was named the MVP for the second straight year.  He is the first player in the history of MLB to ever win back-to-back All Star MVP.  Josh Donaldson had a couple of walks, Manny Machado had a hit and an RBI and Prince Fielder had a hit and two RBI.  Lorenzo Cain had two hits and an RBI, Brian Dozier had a hit and an RBI.  Cain and Machado each hit a double and Trout and Dozier each hit a homerun.  The AL was 3-6 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Cain and Holt each had a stolen base and Donaldson and Britton each committed an error. 

In the first Trout hit a solo homerun to lead off the game and give the AL a quick 1-0 lead.  In the second Peralta tied the game at one with an RBI single.  In the fifth Fielder hit an RBI single to give the AL a 2-1 lead.  Cain hit an RBI double and it was 3-1 AL.  In the sixth McCutchen hit a solo homerun to cut the lead to 3-2 AL.  Machado hit an RBI double in the seventh and it was 4-2 AL.  Fielder hit a sac fly to make it 5-2 in the seventh and in the eighth Dozier hit a solo homerun to make it a 6-2 game.  In the ninth Crawford hit a sac fly to cut the lead to 6-3 but that would be the final score.  MLB will take two more days off before resuming play and the nominal second half on Friday.  The AL will have home field advantage in the World Series as a result of the All Star victory. 

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