AL Tops NL 4-3 In The 90th MLB All-Star Game
The AL edged out their seventh straight win against the NL last night in the 90th MLB All-Star Game. Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka earned the win while teammate Aroldis Chapman picked up the save. On the losing end was Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. The American League struck first and never gave the lead back. Cleveland’s own Shane Bieber was named All-Star Game MVP as he struck out all three batters he faced.
Astros outfielder Michael Brantley got the All-Star scoring started by lacing an RBI double to score his teammate Alex Bregman. In the fifth, Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco hit an RBI single to score Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and make it 2-0 AL. The NL offense would remain quiet until the sixth when Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon clobbered his first career All-Star Game home run. In the seventh inning, the AL would add more run support with an RBI groundout from Boston’s own Xander Bogaerts and a solo homer from Rangers’ slugger Joey Gallo.
Once the eighth inning came around, the NL threatened. Mets rookie Pete Alonso hit a two-run single to cut the lead down to 4-3. After a double-steal, the NL had runners on second and third with two outs. Brewers slugger Mike Moustakas popped out to White Sox catcher James McCann to end the threat. In the ninth, Aroldis Chapman came in and struck out all three batters he faced on 12 pitches.
All-Star Game Summary
This year’s All-Star Game festivities were amazing. Cleveland was a great host for both the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. In addition, this was the sixth time hosting (the most all-time). The AL now leads the all-time series with a record of 45-43-2 and have won 11 of 4 dating back to 2003. In 2020, the All-Star Game festivities will be held at Dodger Stadium in LA.
Written By Zach Nau
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