AL Squad Slugs Past NL To Win 89th MLB All-Star Game
Though the game started out slowly, an onslaught of late inning scoring saw the AL squad slug it's way past the NL, 8-6, in 10 innings Tuesday night.
As the 89th annual MLB All-Star Game got underway, it appeared set up to be a pitchers duel.
Despite a string of solo homers off the bats of New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, LA Angels superstar Mike Trout and Chicago Cubs up-and-coming catcher Wilson Contreras, power pitching seemed to control the game through the sixth inning.
From the seventh inning on, however, the two star-laden teams turned into slugging mode, combining for another seven home runs and 11 runs.
After Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story tied up the score with a seventh inning liner off of Houston Astros pitcher Charlie Morton, which sailed over the left field wall, the AL pulled away in the top of the eighth.
With the scored tied and two runners on base, Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura took Milwaukee Brewers super reliever Josh Hader deep, to put the AL up by three and in the driver's seat.
After getting one run back in the bottom half of the frame, thanks to a Christian Yelich long ball, the NL came storming all the way back in the bottom of the ninth.
With a man on and one out, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett homered off of Seattle Mariners dominant closer Edwin Diaz.
The National League's excitement was short lived, however, as a pair of Astros, Alex Bregman and George Springer, went back-to-back off of LA Dodgers starter Ross Stripling, in the top of the tenth inning, to bust the game wide open.
After tacking on another run, the AL turned to Toronto Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ to close the door on the win. Despite giving up a solo shot to Reds first baseman Joey Votto, Happ was able to secure the victory for the American League.
For his efforts in giving the AL their final lead, which they wouldn't relinquish, Bregman was honored as the game's MVP. It's another example of how the Atros have been ruling the baseball world for a while now.