Tuesday night at Coors Field, the American League continued its All-Star Game dominance with its eighth consecutive convert to the National League within the Midsummer Classic (AL 5, NL 2). The AL has won every All-Star Game since 2013 and holds a 46-43-2 edge all-time. All eyes were on Angels star Shohei Ohtani, and he had a reasonably quiet night. because the AL’s pitcher, he tossed an ideal first inning. because the AL’s starting DH, Ohtani went 0 for two. Blue Jay’s wunderkind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged a 468-foot home run deep into the Coors Field bleachers for the game’s loudest moment and was named the game’s MVP.
The NL had several chances to urge back to the sport. The squad loaded the bases against Athletics righty Chris Bassitt within the sixth inning and against Red Sox righty Matt Barnes within the eighth, but could only muster one run on a Mike Zunino pitch. Kris Bryant stranded five runners in two at-bats. Tuesday night, Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani became the primary ever player to start out the All-Star Game on the mound and at DH. He was the primary player to pitch and take an at-bat within the All-Star Game since the late Hall of Famer Roy Halladay in 2009.
All things considered, it had been a quiet night for the best Sho in baseball. Ohtani threw a 1-2-3 first inning and went 0 for two with two groundouts at the plate. Pirates’ second sacker Adam Frazier robbed Ohtani of success with a pleasant play to start the sport. Ohtani threw the All-Star Game’s fastest pitch at 100.2 mph, and it had been his fastest pitch since his first start of the regular season.
The American League took the lead within the top of the second inning and never gave it up, so Ohtani picked up the All-Star Game win. a minimum of he walked away thereupon in any case he’s done a previous couple of days (Home Run Derby, pitch and hit within the All-Star Game, nonstop interviews, etc.). At 22 years and 119 days, Blue Jay’s wunderkind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. became the second-youngest player in All-Star Game history to hit a home run Tuesday night. He socked a 468-foot homer against Brewers righty Corbin Burnes. it’s the longest All-Star Game home run within the Statcast era (2015 to present). the sole player younger than Vlad Jr. to travel deep within the All-Star Game is Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. Bench went deep within the 1969 All-Star Game at 21 years and 228 days. Bench, Guerrero, Hank Blalock, Ken Griffey Jr., Joe Medwick, Alex Rodriguez, and Williams are the sole players to hit an All-Star Game home run at 22 or younger.
Also, the Guerreros (Vladimir Sr. and Vladimir Jr.) are only the third father-son combo to travel deep within the All-Star Game, joining Bobby and Barry Bonds, and Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. Vlad Sr. took Brad Penny deep within the 2006 All-Star Game. Vlad Jr. went 1 for 3 with two runs in Tuesday night, which earned him All-Star Game MVP honors. He’s the primary Blue Jays player ever to win the award and therefore the youngest player to require respect. The Red Sox sent an MLB-leading five players to the All-Star Game and that they had a superb night collectively. Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and JD Martinez went a combined 3 for 7 with a double and a run driven in at the plate, and Nathan Eovaldi threw a scoreless fourth inning. Boston closer Matt Barnes pitched himself into and out of trouble within the eighth. He loaded the bases and brought the go-ahead run to the plate, but got Kris Bryant to line bent left field to flee the jam and protect the lead (more thereon during a second). within the end, it had been a scoreless inning.
For the primary time in nearly a quarter-century, a catcher from each league went deep within the All-Star Game. Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto and Rays backstop Mike Zunino each hit a solo home run, and both were opposite-field shots. before Realmuto and Zunino on Tuesday, the last time each league had a catcher hit a home run within the All-Star Game was 1997 when Sandy Alomar (Cleveland) and Javy Lopez (Braves) did the deed. Realmuto’s home run was the primary All-Star Game homer by a Phillies player since Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt in 1981, if you’ll believe that. If he weren’t playing on an equivalent team as two legends, Angels slugger Jared Walsh would be getting far more attention for becoming one among the game’s best hitters. the previous 39th-round draft pick may be a natural first sacker but he found himself in the left field within the All-Star Game, an edge he never before played at the MLB level, and he made a pleasant sliding catch to steal successfully from Bryant within the eighth inning.
Gosh, if that ball gets by Walsh, we’re looking for a go-ahead inside-the-park slam and one among the good moments in All-Star Game history. Maybe a natural outfielder makes a more routine-looking catch and nobody really notices, maybe not. It’s an All-Star Game though, an exhibition, and a primary baseman making a sliding catch in left made for an exciting moment. The American League’s streak is up to eight consecutive All-Star Games. The National League last won the All-Star Game in 2012, once they shut the so-called Junior Circuit out 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The AL has won 19 of the last 23 All-Star Games, though their edge up the all-time series is pretty small at 46-43-2. The runs scored edge is 378-372.
Speaking of NL losing streaks, the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts has now been the losing manager in three straight All-Star Games — 2018, 2019, and now 2021. Had there been a 2020 All-Star Game, Dave Martinez of the Nationals would’ve been the manager of the NL squad, which would’ve ended Roberts’ streak. Things as they’re, though, and he now owns the second-longest managerial streak in All-Star Game history. The unenviable record belongs to Stengel, who lost four straight Midsummer Classics as manager of the AL from 1950 through 1953. Stengel also holds the record for many career All-Star Game losses as a manager with six.