The American League All Stars defeated the National League All Stars by a score of 6-3 in Cincinnati Tuesday night.
Zack Greinke started the game for the National League. He pitched two strong innings after giving up an opposite field leadoff home run to Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout. The next batter walked, however he retired the remainder of batters he faced, four of which via the strikeout.
Gerrit Cole pitched the third inning, walking a batter and striking out Mike Trout. He was relieved by Madison Bumgarner, who allowed a base hit to Lorenzo Cain and eventually ran into a little trouble, but didn’t allow a run.
Clayton Kershaw came in to pitch the 5th inning and allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits and one walk.
And in ran the flowing locks of Jacob deGrom to pitch the 6th inning, who immediately struck out Steven Vogt on three straight fastballs. Then Jason Kipnis came up and did a little better, he struck out on four fastballs, two of which hit 98 mph. Then Jose Iglesias came in and after flailing at a 97 mph fastball he wasn’t even close when deGrom played with him throwing two sliders. So yes, Jacob deGrom struck out the side on 10 pitches. There were 0 foul balls. 5 swinging and 4 called strikes. He was DOMINANT. Or… Shall I say… deGrominant.
Hometown closer Aroldis Chapman took the top of the 9th inning tossing heat, his slowest fastball being 98 mph and hitting 103 multiple times. He struck out the side.
After Paul Goldschmidt recorded an infield single (and then advanced to second on a Josh Donaldson throwing error), Jhonny Peralta drove him in with a single to right field, tying the game at 1 in the second inning.
After deGrom whiffed through the American League batters in the top of the 6th inning, Andrew McCutchen jumped on the first pitch he saw from Chris Archer to blast a second deck home run to left field to trim the score to 3-2.
In the bottom of the 6th inning, Paul Goldschmidt reached base on a throwing error committed by pitcher Zach Britton. Yadier Molina then singled up the middle to bring up Met– I mean Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who grounded into a fielder’s choice. No All Star win for Jacob deGrom this year.
Ryan Braun led of the 9th inning with a triple into the right field corner, then almost immediately scored on a Brandon Crawford SAC fly to reduce the lead to 6-3. Kris Bryant then flew out to the warning track in right field, just missing a home run. Joe Panik then lined out to left field to end the game.
Dallas Keuchel of the Astros started for the American League, pitching 2 innings allowing 2 hits and one unearned run, and struck out one. He was relieved by Felix Hernandez and does what kings do, pitching a perfect 3rd inning, striking out Andrew McCutchen.
Zach Britton came in with one out in the 6th and allowed a hit, but worked out of a jam to keep the AL’s lead intact.
Glen Perkins came in for the 9th with a 4 run lead and despite giving up a triple and a sac fly, he secured the win with an otherwise clean inning.
In the 5th inning with a runner on first, Mike Trout hit a ground ball which should have been a double play, but it was turned too slow up the middle and Trout was safe at first. Manny Machado flew out, then Albert Pujols walked to put runners on first and second with 2 outs. Prince Fielder proceeded to knock a base hit to left field scoring Mike Trout to give the AL a 2-1 lead. Then on the very next pitch, Lorenzo Cain ripped a double down the line scoring Albert Pujols for a 3-1 lead.
In the 8th inning, Brian Dozier ripped a solo home run to dead center field to increase the lead to 6-2 for the American League.
Every position player on both teams were used.
With the win, the American League secured home field advantage for the 2015 World Series.