The 2017 MLB All-Star had the feel of a game that had home-field advantage on the line for the World Series. Luckily for the NL, it didn’t. The AL All-Star team won in extra innings 2-1, thanks to a Robinson Cano home run. The West Coast players were well represented, as you can tell, and gave the rest of the country a first-row seat.
The All-Stars from the West Coast:
Oakland Athletics: Yonder Alonso – 1B – first All-Star selection
Los Angeles Dodgers: Cody Bellinger – OF – first All-Star selection, Justin Turner – 3B – first All-Star appearance, Corey Seager – SS – second All-Star selection, Alex Wood – P – first All-Star selection, Kenley Jensen – P – second All-Star selection
San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey – C – fifth All-Star selection
San Diego Padres: Brad Hand – P – first All-Star selection
Blackmon and Posey both flew out in the bottom half of the first inning. Starting third basemen Arenado singled in the second to put on runners on first and second, but Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a double play and Marcell Ozuna struck out to end the scoring threat. On Blackmon’s second
On Blackmon’s second at-bat of the night, he went down swinging against Dellin Betances in the third inning. Posey walked three batters later but once again, the NL team stranded a runner in scoring position. In the fourth inning, Arenado singled for the second time tonight against Jason Vargas. But yet again, Zimmerman doubled up to end the inning. Wood came in the fifth for the NL and gave up the game’s first run, a pop-up single off the bat of Miguel Sano to score Jonathan Schoop.
Blackmon ended his night 0-3 in the sixth. Greinke came in for Wood in the sixth and got through the inning with little issues. The only bump on his night was a single by Alonso to right field.
Cruz ending the inning with a fly out. But before his at-bat, he took a selfie with home plate umpire Joe West.
Bellinger and Turner recorded outs in the bottom half of the sixth. Hand came in the seventh and got a one-two-three inning. Alonso singled to start the ninth, but three straight outs by Dodgers closer Jensen ended any chance to score for the AL.
Then, the highlight of the game, Cano came in and hit the game winner against Wade Davis to give the AL a 2-1 victory. Cano took home the 2017 All-Star MVP award.
West Coast teams will now prepare for the second half of the season. The stakes will get even higher, especially for the Dodgers, Rockies and Diamondbacks. All-StarStar festivities are still the best in professional sports, and Major League Baseball did a great job on continuing the great midsummer classic tradition.
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