Game Recap: Cano Homer Gives American League 2-1 Victory

The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars 2-1 in the 88th MLB All-Star Game. The last MLB All-Star Game to end 2-1 in extra innings was 50 years ago on this very same day.

Pitching:

National League

Max Scherzer left it all out there in his only inning of work as he struck out both Aaron Judge and George Springer easily on fastballs. Pat Neshek was the first man out of the bullpen for the NL and he was helped out by a diving catch by Bryce Harper in a scoreless second inning.

Carlos Martinez pitched a pair of scoreless innings, and struck out four including Springer, Carlos Correa, and Corey Dickerson in the fourth. Alex Wood allowed a pair of two out hits and the first run of the game in his lone inning of work.

Zack Greinke allowed a hit, but struck out one in a scoreless sixth inning. Brad Hand struck out Robinson Cano in a perfect seventh inning. After missing all of last season, Greg Holland struck out two in a scoreless eighth.

Kenley Jansen worked around a lead-off single, a stolen base and a balk to strike out the side in the ninth. Wade Davis suffered the loss as he allowed a solo homer to Cano, the first batter he faced in the top of the tenth inning.

American League

Chris Sale matched Scherzer with a scoreless first inning of his own, while striking out Giancarlo Stanton in the process. Sale allowed back-to-back hits to lead off the second but was able to get out of the inning with a Ryan Zimmerman double play ball and a strike out of Marcell Ozuna.

Dellin Betances was the first man out of the bullpen for the AL. Betances allowed a lead-off hit to Zack Cozart, but struck out a pair. Betances then lost his command a bit as he walked a pair and threw a couple wild pitches, but stranded the bases loaded.

Jason Vargas was the first AL starting pitcher out of the bullpen. He was helped out by a beautiful throw by Mookie Betts to gun down Nolan Arenado tagging up to second. Brandon Kintzler tossed a perfect fifth inning in his first career All-Star game.

Ervin Santana allowed a game tying solo home run to Yadier Molina in the sixth. Roberto Osuna and Chris Devenski both combined for a scoreless seventh and eighth inning.

Craig Kimbrel struggled with command issues, walking two, but pitched his way out of a jam to stand the winning run at third. Andrew Miller recorded the save, shutting down the NL in the tenth inning despite a two out walk.

Hitting:

National League

Arenado had a pair of hits, his first of which was a single off of Chris Sale.

The NL missed out on some key opportunities early as they had the first two men on in the second after Arenado and Daniel Murphy singled, however Sale was able to get out the jam with a double play and a Marcell Ozuna strike out.

Yadier Molina entered the game in the sixth, and tied the game up with a 385 ft. solo home run into the bullpen in his first at-bat. At 34 years old, Molina became the oldest catcher to homer in an All-Star game.

Michael Conforto entered the game in the sixth inning in left field. Conforto made a nice catch in the field, and then lined a base hit in his first at-bat. Conforto became the youngest Mets outfielder to get a hit in the All-Star Game since Darryl Strawberry.

Yadier Molina and Jake Lamb both drew walks in the ninth to get the winning run in scoring position. Molina advanced to third on a Paul Goldschmidt fly out, and with the winning run 90 feet away Michael Conforto stepped in. However, the story book ending wasn’t meant to be for Mets fans as Kimbrel blew fastballs by the lefty to strike him out.

American League

Jose Ramirez had a pair of base hits and stole a base in his two at-bats. Ramirez became the first Indians player with multiple hits in the All-Star Game since Kenny Lofton in 1996.

After Ramirez singled and stole a base in the third, Judge had a chance to give the AL the lead in the third. However, Carlos Martinez was able to get Judge to ground out to end the threat.

Justin Smoak reached twice with a single and a walk in his first career All-Star game.

Jonathan Schoop had the first extra-base hit of the game with a two out double in the fifth. He came around to score the first run of the game on a Miguel Sano bloop single.

The hometown kid Yonder Alonso singled twice in his first career All-Star game. Alonso led off the ninth with a single and stole a base to get into scoring position, however he was stranded there. Alonso became the first Cuban with two hits in an All-Star Game since Rafael Palmeiro. Alonso also joined Rickey Henderson as the only Athletics players with multiple hits and a stolen base in the All-Star Game.

Late addition to the roster Robinson Cano put the American League on top for good 2-1, as on the third pitch from Wade Davis in the top of the 10th inning Cano smacked a game winning solo shot. Cano hit the fourth go-ahead home run in ext innings and the first since Tony Perez did so 50 years ago today.

Cano was awarded the All-Star Game MVP award. He became the first player to win both the All-Star Game MVP award and the WBC MVP award.

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