The American League routinely beats the National League in the annual midsummer classic. The National League hasn’t won the all-star game since 2012. After the American League once again defeated the Senior Circuit 4-3 when the two leagues met for the 90th all-star game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Tuesday night, means the Junior circuit has now notched their seventh consecutive All-star game victory.
Of course all five Dodgers factored into the game prominently, although not in a good way. Hyun-jin Ryu started the game, and Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler both appeared for an inning each. While Ryu tossed a scoreless first inning, Kershaw and Buehler both gave up an earned run in their respective frames. Kershaw was charged with the all-star game loss. He lost the game back in 2015 as well.
With the National League trailing 4-1 later in the contest, I was hoping that the National League would at least rally to tie to get Kershaw off the hook. Naturally they came close but it did not happen. Cody Bellinger was one of the National League starting outfielders due to him being one of the leading vote getters in all of MLB. Bellinger batted cleanup and struck out in both of his at-bats against Lucas Giolito and Masahiro Tanaka. Perhaps the most exciting part of the game that involved the Dodgers was when Bellinger and Christian Yelich jabbered at each other while mic’d during the early part of the game.
Max Muncy appeared in the game later on and made a couple of late inning defensive gems while playing second base. But he went hit-less as well in two at-bats while striking out in the ninth inning against Aroldis Chapman. Charlie Blackmon hit a sixth inning solo home run which put the National League on the board, cutting the American League’s lead to 2-1. The Junior circuit had scored runs in the second and fifth innings when Michael Brantley doubled off of Kershaw in the second inning to drive home Alex Bregman, and Jorge Polanco’s ground ball single off of Buehler in the fifth frame scored Gary Sanchez to put the American League ahead 2-0.
After Blackmon’s home run, the American League extended the lead by plating two more runs in the seventh inning on a botched Xander Bogaerts double play and a Joey Gallo homer to right. That made the score 4-1 American League. The National League rallied to score two more runs in the eighth on a two-run single from Pete Alonso. However it was too little too late. The National League did have the bases loaded in the eighth inning, but Mike Moustakas fouled out to end the frame. Fittingly it was an ex-Dodgers, Yasmani Grandal who made the last out, a strikeout to end the game. Cleveland hometown reliever Shane Bieber was awarded the game MVP award after he struck out three in a scoreless inning of relief.
Thankfully this is an exhibition game and doesn’t mean anything. Joc Pederson probably made the biggest all-star break impact by hitting 39 home runs in the home run derby and still losing to Vlad Guerrero Jr. Anyways, the Dodgers open up the second half on the road by starting a three game series against the Red Sox in Boston. The World Series rematch will see the Dodgers activating David Freese, Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock before the series starts on Friday evening.