Wednesday, July 15, 2015
THE AMERICAN LEAGUE SHINES IN CINCY
The All Star Game brings me so much join! I know a lot of people are reading this and think "who cares?" Well, I do! The best players from both leagues playing at the same time? Hell yes, please! Okay, so I know the "best players" part will be highly debated. The voting process being what it is. Just don't rain on my parade, okay? I absolutely LOVE the All Star Game. It's not often that I sit to watch all these guys play. Plus, home field advantage, right?
The game started with Mike Trout homering in the top of the 1st, on a 1-2 pitch off of National League pitcher Zack Greinke. It was the fourth lead off homer at an All Star Game. Only six players in history have hit homers in the first - top or bottom. Trout has a good track record so far in the ASG. Trout is hitting .312 so far this season with 68 runs and 26 homers. That's not to take away from Greinke who has a 1.39 ERA this season. Greinke hadn't allowed a run in 35 2/3 innings heading into the ASG. He became the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999 to strike out four hitters in the Midsummer Classic. The NL answered back in the bottom of the first when Jhonny Peralta hit a bloop single, to drive in Paul Goldschmidt.
David Price showcased some serious talent tonight as well. He struck out Bryce Harper and Goldschmidt in a 1-2-3 fourth inning. He's pitched in three ASG's and has allowed only one hit and no runs over four innings. Price is 9 and 2 this season.
Andrew McCutchen decided that he wanted to be a part of the notable moments. He hit an impressive lead-off homer in the bottom of the sixth. In my opinion, McCutchen has one of the most fluid swings in baseball right now. I don't get to enjoy watching him play as often as I'd like, but he's one of the few players whose stats I follow regularly.
Mark Teixeira, and Brett Gardner, the hitters representing the Yankees at the Midsummer Classic, were not as lucky as McCutchen and Trout. Both went 0-2 at the plate. Dellin Betances represented us in the bullpen. He pitched an inning, got one strike out, one walk, but didn't give up a hit or a run.
The American League took away this years win. Price was awarded win. Trout won the MVP award becoming the first player in MLB history to win back to back All-Star Game MVP's. He took the truck this time.
Now, American League has home field advantage... make it count, Yankees!
Final: American League 6 - National League 3
Oh yeah... and just when you thought BYB wouldn't be able to reach Cincinnati for this years All-Star game... think again...
--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer
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