By: Nick Pooler
This all-star game set a new record for home runs in all-star game history. 10 home runs were blasted over the wall in the American League’s 8-6 victory over the National League Tuesday night in Washington D.C.. Home runs were hit by Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Jean Segura, Alex Bregman and George Springer for the AL, and Willson Contreras, Trevor Story, Christian Yelich, Scooter Gennett and Joey Votto for the NL. Springer and Segura each both added singles to go along with their dingers. Segura also had 3 RBI’s. Mitch Moreland chimed in with 2 singles for the AL. Alex Bregman was named the MVP for his go ahead lead off homer in the 10th. Matt Kemp added a double for the NL. Gennett’s home run came with 1 out in the 9th. He was a pinch hitter as he hit for Ozzie Albies. He took Edwin Diaz deep and forced the game into extras.
On the pitching side, the National League used Max Scherzer, Jacob DeGrom, Mike Foltynewicz, Aaron Nola, Jeremy Jeffress, Felipe Vazquez, Josh Hader, Brad Hand and Ross Stripling. The American League used Chris Sale, Luis Severino, Blake Snell, Joe Jimenez, Jose Berrios, Blake Treinen, Charlie Morton, Edwin Diaz and J.A. Happ.
The American League has now won 6 straight all star games. Diaz gets the blown save and the win, Stripling gets the loss and JA Happ earns his first ever major league save. The big inning was definitely the 8th for the American League when Segura was batting against Hader. Segura hit a foul pop up by the first base dugout, Joey Votto reached for it and the ball hit his palm and rolled into the dugout. The very next pitch Segura blasted a 3-run homer into the bullpen to make it 5-2 American League. The 10th inning started with Bregman blasting a ball into the bullpen and his teammate Springer, following suit and joining him with a trot around the bases. The American League led 7-5 and later that inning following back-to-back singles by Segura and Moreland, Michael Brantley hit a sac-fly to left that scored Segura to make it 8-5.
In the bottom half, Joey Votto took JA Happ deep to right field to make it interesting on what was the 10th homer of the game. Happ came back strong by retiring Yelich, Charlie Blackmon and Lorenzo Cain to end the game. The AL finished with 8 runs, 13 hits and no errors while the NL finished with 6 runs, 7 hits and 1 error. The pitchers had their way as well as there was 25 strikeouts to go along with the 10 home runs. In a very exciting game, AJ Hinch and the American League leave Washington DC victorious 8-6.