Tuesday night was the 2019 MLB All Star Game. The American League faced off against the National League at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. For the seventh straight year the American League has come away victorious, defeating their MLB counterpart 4-3.
Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong factored a bit into the final score. The NL scored two of their three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Yasmani Grandal and David Dahl began the inning with a walk and single, respectively, off pitcher Brad Hand. Jeff McNeil flied out to give the NL their first out of the inning. DeJong entered the game for the first time and worked a walk to load the bases. After a strikeout from Charlie Blackmon, Home Run Derby winner Pete Alonso knocked in two. DeJong advanced to second on the play, then stole third where he was left stranded after a Mike Moustakas popfly.
Dejong also was part of a nifty double-play to end the eighth inning:
Aroldis Chapman struck out the final three batters of the game, breaking an All Star Game record set by Bob Gibson:
Aroldis Chapman is the first pitcher to strike out three batters in an All-Star Game save since Bob Gibson in 1965, though that was a 2-inning appearance.— Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) July 10, 2019
None of it really matters though, thankfully, since the game does not decide home field advantage anymore, which means we can just focus on fun!
what else is going on in baseball...
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Joc Pederson have epic duel | MLB.com
Compton takes All-Star Jennie Finch Classic | MLB.com
Best MLB All-Star Games of All Time | MLB.com
Liam Hendriks, AL All-Star | FanGraphs Baseball
It Was a Home Run Derby for the Ages (Especially for Those Under 30) | FanGraphs Baseball
Fernando Tatis Jr. Talks Hitting | FanGraphs Baseball
The MLB All-Star Game is the national spotlight Mike Trout deserves | SBNation.com
what the cardinals were up to...
Paul DeJong impresses in first All-Star Game | St. Louis Cardinals
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the nl central
Milwaukee Brewers monitoring trade market for Noah Syndergaard, per report | Brew Crew Ball
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