American League Wins All-Star Game

The American League won the 2019 All-Star Game 4-3 in Cleveland Tuesday night. This is the 7th consecutive time the AL has won the game. 

Justin Verlander started the game for the AL, but Masahiro Tanaka was the pitcher of record when the AL took the lead they would never relinquish, so he received the win. Alex Bregman, Jorge Polanco, Xander Bogaerts and Joey Gallo each had one RBI for the AL, and Alex Bregman, Gary Sanchez and Matt Chapman each scored a run – in addition to Gallo’s solo home run off of Will Smith. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the 9th to seal the win for the AL. 

Clayton Kershaw took the loss for the NL as he was responsible for giving up the first run. Nolan Arenado committed an error that allowed Michael Brantley to double in Bregman. Walker Buehler, Brandon Woodruff and Smith each also gave up one earned run. 

NL offense was provided by only two players: Charlie Blackmon hit a solo home run in the 6th inning, and Home Run Derby champion Pete Alonso doubled to bring in Yasmani Grandal and David Dahl in the 8th. The comeback attempt proved to be too little, too late. 

The Washington Nationals were technically represented as Max Scherzer went to Cleveland, (and had a great time with his daughter on the red carpet) but neither he nor Anthony Rendon (who spent the day at the Nationals Youth Academy) played tonight.

The midsummer classic is generally meaningless, since home field advantage in the World Series is now granted to the team with the best winning percentage. However, if the Nats make it that far, their record could force them to open on the road anyway. 

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