The National League nightmare is finally over.
The National League snapped a nine-game losing streak in the Midsummer Classic with a 3-2 win over the American League All-Stars.
The National League narrowly missed a chance in the top of the seventh inning, but didn’t let one go to waste in the eighth: Colorado Rockies catcher Elías Díaz hit an impressive two-run home run off Félix Bautista, of the Baltimore Orioles, to give to the National. League a 3-2 lead.
Philadelphia Phillies closer Craig Kimbrel was called out by his own manager in Rob Thomson in the bottom of the ninth, but it got tough. He allowed back-to-back two-out walks, including one to home favorite Julio Rodríguez as the winning run, and came José Ramírez of the Cleveland Guardians. But Kimbrel got Ramirez to hit a high fastball to end the game.
Diaz was named the game’s MVP.
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Yandy Diaz of the Tampa Bay Rays led off the scoring with a solo home run off Mitch Keller of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the National League got on the board with none other than Miami Marlins’ Luis Arraez’s RBI single off the hometown favorite George Kirby who tied the game in the fourth. Arraez had two hits, showing the world why he is on a run toward MLB’s first .400 average since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. He and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ JD Martinez were the only players to hit multiple hits. hits.
Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays gave the American League a 2-1 lead with a sacrifice fly off Alexis Diaz of the Cincinnati Reds that scored Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals in the bottom of the sixth entrance.
Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees started the game for the American League and, with the benefit of jumping catches from the Texas Rangers’ Adolis Garcia and the Rays’ Randy Arozarena, retired the team in order. Zac Gallen of the Arizona Diamondbacks got the nod for the National League and allowed a hit in the frame of it without allowing a run.
At one point, the entire National League infield, minus the pitcher, was filled with the Atlanta Braves, with Sean Murphy behind the plate, Austin Riley, Orlando Arcia, Ozzie Albies, and Matt Olson rounding out the infield from left to right. right in the fifth inning. .
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In the sixth, Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano left the game after being reviewed by the coaches with a back strain, which Dusty Baker said was a precaution. Baker topped the AL roster as the defending AL (and World Series) champion with the Houston Astros facing Thomson, whose Phillies won the National League pennant last year.
In front of his own home crowd, Kirby was allowed the aforementioned run in his work entry, and Rodriguez went 0-for-1 with a walk. Luis Castillo didn’t pitch despite his third All-Star Game nomination.
The Seattle faithful also made it known that they really want Shohei Ohtani to head north when he hits free agency. In both of their plate appearances, they chanted «Come to Seattle.» Ohtani will become a free agent at the end of the season, and could become not only the first player to earn $500 million, but even break the bank with a $600 million deal.
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It’s only the National League’s seventh win in the Midsummer Classic since 1988: They were 6-27-1 in the previous 34 All-Star Games before Tuesday. The last win was in 2012 (there was no game in 2020).
The 2024 All-Star Game will take place at Globe Life Field, the home of the Rangers.