On July 11 Major League Baseball held their annual mid-summer classic known as the All Star Game. This year the 88th annual game was held at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
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Music artist Bebe Rexa performed the National Anthem.
Before the players took the field, MLB honoured the game’s Latin players who were pioneers in the game and Hall of Fame players – the family of Roberto Clemente, pitcher Jan Marichal, Luis aparacio (who was not in attendance), Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Tony Perez, Roberto Alomar, Pedro Martinez, and Ivan Rodriguez (who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this year).
Each of the honoured players threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Over the past several years the winning side determined who got home field advantage in the World Series; that is no longer the case – now it’s all for fun.
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Madden coached the National League team and Terry Francona was scheduled to manage the American League team but Francona was at home recuperating after having some heart issues. Brad Mills and Kevin Cash took over the managing duties.
It was clear from the beginning that this would be no ordinary baseball game, broadcasters were walking on the field doing interviews between innings, players were miced up and talking to broadcasters while playing the game, and one player even stopped in the middle of the game to take a photo with the umpire before he stood at the plate to bat.
With the National League as the home team, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer took the pitchers mound first. Joe Ramirez was the only base runner for the American League in the top of the first inning.
Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox was the first American League pitcher to take the mound with Bryce Harper the only base runner in the bottom half of the inning.
At the end of the first inning there was no score.
With Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Pat Neshek taking the mound for the top of the second inning Justin Smoak was the only base runner with Bryce Harper stretching it out to catch a ball in the outfield.
Daniel Murphy and Nolan Arenado each hit a single but Ryan Zimmerman hit into a double play. Marcell Ozuna’s out ended the inning with no score.
After two innings the score is tied 0-0
Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals took the mound for the top of the third inning with only Jose Ramirez reaching base.
The American League brings in New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances for the bottom of the third inning but despite loading the bases with a single and two walks the National League failed to score.
At the end of the third inning the score was still 0-0.
Carlos Martinez stays in for a second inning striking out three batters with one walk.
The American League begins making player changes in the fourth inning. Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargus comes in to pitch. Nolan Arenado hits a single after just missing a home run when the ball went foul but was erased o a double play.
At the end of four innings there is still no score.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood comes in to pitch and with two outs Jonathan Schoop hits a double and is brought home for the first run of the game on a Miguel Sano fly ball. Aaron Judge makes the last out of the inning. After hitting nearly 50 home runs in the Home Run Derby to win the title on Monday night, Aaron Judge failed to get a hit in his first All Star Game.
Brandon Intzler of the Minnesota Twins takes over the pitching duties for the American League and has a three up three down inning.
At the end of five innings the score is American League 1 and the National League 0.
Arizona Diamondback Zack Greinke comes in to pitch the sixth inning for the National League. Among the many changes in the field Yadier Molina comes in for Buster Posey to catch. Yonder Alonzo was the only batter to reach base in the top of the sixth inning. Before taking his spot in the batter’s box Nelson Cruz had Yadier Molina take a photo of himself and umpire Joe West.
The American League brings in Minnesota Twins’ Ervin Santana to pitch in the sixth inning. After Cody Bellinger gets the first out of the inning 34 year old catcher Yadier Molina ties the game up with a solo home run. Just two days shy of his 35th birthday, Molina becomes the oldest catcher to hit a home run in an All Star Game. His was the only run of the inning.
At the end of six innings the score is tied at one run a piece.
San Diego Padres pitcher Brad Hand comes in to pitch the seventh inning and goes three up three down.
Taking a short break from the game to honour America and military service members United States Air Force senior airman Jan Nirza performed “God Bless America”.
In the bottom of the seventh inning Roberto Osuna of the Toronto Blue Jays took over the pitching duties and went three up three down after Corey Seager hit into a double play.
At the end of seven innings the score is still tied a 1-1.
Greg Hand of the Colorado Rockies comes in to pitch the eighth inning for the National League and faces four batters with Michael Brantley the only batter to reach base.
Chris Devernski of the Boston Red Sox comes in to pit the eighth inning for the American League and goes three up three down.
At the end of the eighth inning the score is 1-1.
Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers comes in to pitch the top of the ninth inning for the National League. Yonder Alonzo hits a single, steals a base, and is moved over to third on a balk but is left stranded on the base at the end of the top of the ninth inning.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Kimbrel comes in to pitch the ninth inning for the American League to walk Yadier Molina and Jake Lamb before stranding them both on the base paths.
At the end of nine innings the score is tied 1-1 and the game goes into extra innings.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Wade Davis comes in to pitch the top of the tenth inning for the National League and gives up a home run to Robinson Cano. Justin Upton hits a single but is erased on a double play to end the inning.
The National League fails to answer in the bottom of the tenth. The American League wins 2-1.
Robinson Cano was named the Most Valuable Player of the game.
Regular baseball will return on Thursday – July 13.
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