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July 12th, 2016 American League vs National League

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Short Take:   AL tops NL 4-2 in 87th annual all star game.

The 87th annual All Star Game took place in San Diego with the AL as the "home team" to compensate for the game being in an NL park in back to back years. (Insert shoulder shrug here) A pair of HRs by KC sluggers Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez bombed Cueto early and the AL pitching staff made it hold up as the AL topped the NL 4-2.

Chris Sale started for the AL all star team and managed to only throw 9 pitches to complete his inning. A harmless pop up from Cubs 2B Ben Zobrist and a ground out by Bryce Harper opened the frame with 2 quick outs. Sale made a first pitch mistake to Kris Bryant who went yard for a solo HR to LF. The sound of the Chicago media peeing their pants with joy was almost audible from the San Diego press box. It was essentially a fastball that caught too much of the plate and anyone who has watched Sale pitch regularly knows that he works around the K zone and HRs occasionally happen when you do this. Bryant is an aggressive hitter and a first pitch slider would probably have been a better choice. However, Sale quickly shook off the HR and then retired Wil Myers with a strikeout to end the his frame of work. I must repeat that Sale threw only 9 pitches in this inning. After telling the beat writers that he was going to "let it eat" in his all star inning of work, I was pleased to see Sale keep his fastball and emotions in check and not try to throw it through the catcher's mitt as he did during last year's All Star Game. The last thing the Sox can afford is to lose Sale to a stupid injury in the All Star Game. Prior to that HR, Kris Bryant was 0 for 6 with 6Ks in his career off of Sale. If anything, Chris has something to file away in the memory banks on Bryant's tendencies for their upcoming interleague matchup later this month.

The KC Royals all stars gave former teammate Johnny Cueto a rude welcome back to the American League in the bottom of the 2nd. Eric Hosmer laced an opposite field HR to LF to tie the game at 1-1. Red Sox all star Mookie Betts followed that up with a single to CF setting the stage for Royals catcher Perez. Salvador took his former mate deep to LF putting the AL up 3-1. The Royals all stars weren't done with the NL yet though. In the bottom of the 3rd, Eric Hosmer hit a screaming line drive that Cubs 3B Kris Bryant didn't handle very well allowing the 4th run to score. The ball was hit very hard but Bryant is not exactly what you call a plus defender. It was hit right to him and he basically let the ball play him allowing another run to score. Jose Fernandez ended up getting a double play to minimize the damage. The NL would later plate a run in the 4th off Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez on a hard hit single by Marcell Ozuna. However, he would pitch out of danger stranding 2 runners and leaving the score at 4-2.

Jose Quintana finally got to pitch in his first all star appearance during the 5th inning of this game. Some uncharacteristic shoddy defense from Jose Altuve required Quintana to get 4 outs making his inning of work a bit more stressful than Sale's. The inning opened with what appeared to be a routine ground ball but it was bobbled by Altuve and a replay challenge showed that the runner was indeed safe. It just wouldn't be a Quintana appearance without at least one bad luck moment taking place. Jose quickly retired Dbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt on a harmless pop out to RF. Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado followed that up by grounding into a 6-4 forceout. Padres all star Wil Myers got the home crowd riled up by extending the inning with a double to right center on a pitch that was actually well located by Quintana. It was just a good piece of hitting by Myers. The heroics of the hometown all star would go for naught as Quintana got the "4th out" by striking out Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos rather easily and stranding the runners at 2nd and 3rd.

The American League all star bullpen pitchers Betances, Herrera, Miller, Harris, and closer Zach Britton would make the 4-2 score stand up. I felt a bit dirty rooting for hated Kansas City Royals players but the traditionalist in me always pulls for the AL in games like this. It also helps that exciteable Cubs fans (is there any other type?) who assume a World Series appearance by their team is inevitable this year didn't get to see the NL secure home field in the World Series. Sox all star Jose Quintana pitched well and so did Sale despite the meaningless dinger hit by Bryant in a losing effort for the NL. Home field is secured for the American League once again. One can only hope a storybook 2nd half drive by the South Siders makes that game take place at 35th and Shields.

Game Notes-

-The AL has won 16 of the last 20 All Star Games. (1 tied)

-Quintana became the 1st Colombian born pitcher to appear in an All Star Game. The very next inning Braves pitcher Julio Teheran became the 2nd.

-Bryant's HR was the 2nd time a crosstown HR took place in an all star game. The 1st was Magglio Ordonez taking Cubs ace Jon Lieber out of the park in the '01 All Star Game.

-Sale became the first Sox pitcher to start an All Star Game since Mark Buehrle in 2005.

-Eric Hosmer won the ASG MVP award

That's all folks:
 American Made Victory.

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