2022 MLB All-Star Game Recap: AL continues winning streak as Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton Homer


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The American League, thanks to back-to-back home runs by Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton, continued its dominance in the All-Star Game Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The AL won the 2022 MLB All-Star Game 3-2, making it nine straight victories over the National League in the Midsummer Classic.

Stanton, who was named the All-Star Game MVP, hit a 457-foot two-run homer in the fourth inning off Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolina. Buxton, the next batter, followed up with a 425-foot hit of his own to give the AL a one-run lead that the team didn’t back down from.

The National League started strong. Dodgers legend Clayton Kershaw started in front of his home crowd and played a scoreless first inning (in which Shohei Otani was drafted). The NL got two runs in the bottom of the first courtesy of an RBI single from the Mookie Betts and a solo homer from the Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The NL had four hits off AL starter Shane McClanahan but only had one hit in the last eight innings.

Now a little about the 2022 All-Star Game.

AL winning streak to nine

The American League All-Star Game win streak reaches nine. The so-called junior circuit is also 21-4 in its last 25 All-Star Games. However, the National League so dominated the All-Star Game in the 1960s and 1970s that the AL has only a marginal 47-43-2 all-time series lead despite its recent dominance. AL will look to extend its All-Star winning streak to 10 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle next year.

Stanton and Buxton made history

Thanks to Goldschmidt’s first inning homer, the NL led 2–0 in the fourth inning. However, things quickly changed thanks to Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees and Byron Buxton of the Twins.

With one strikeout and one, Dodgers wide receiver Tony Gonsolin presented Stanton with a 0-2 splitter. Stanton, who joined Mariano Rivera (2013) and Derek Jeter (2000) as a Yankee to win the All-Star Game MVP award, loved it:

It is a 457-foot work that reached where Stanton used to sit when he visited Dodger Stadium as a child. He also left a bat at 111.7 mph which, according to Sara Langsthis is the highest Statcast output rate ever recorded in an All-Star Game.

This equalized and Buxton, the next batter, gave AL a 3-2 lead by throwing a 2-1 fastball over the zone:

And we say over the zone, we mean it emphatically:

In tandem, those two roundabouts became the first consecutive All-Star homers since the Astros’ Alex Bregman and George Springer pulled it off in 2018 to finish seventh overall. However, consider the importance of the Stanton-Buxton combo, and it’s unprecedented, at least as far as the Midsummer Classic is concerned:

It’s no coincidence that Stanton and Buxton hit 47 homers in the first half of this season.

Kershaw killed Otani

In a field interview before his first at-bat, Shohei Otani said that he planned to swing on the first pitch and swing on the first pitch he threw. He sent Clayton Kershaw’s first suggestion back to the middle for the opening single. Otani is only the third player to score an All-Star first-pitch hit, joining Angels teammate Mike Trout (2013) and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett (1986).

However, Otani’s stay at the bases did not last long. A few pitches after giving up the single, Kershaw selected Otani from first base. Check it:

Shot in the All-Star Game? Come on man. It’s not as bad as an All-Star infield offset, but come on. In any case, this is the first All-Star game since Carlos Zambrano defeated Milton Bradley in 2008.

Otani went 1 on 1 with a walk in the All-Star Game. Alas and alas, he did not take a step. Kershaw smashed the Ohtani single and Rafael Devers strolled through his scoreless job. But an All-Star shot? Really? It’s a penalty in kangaroo court.

Nestor Cortes became a “outcast”

The Yankees had two unlikely All-Stars this year in catcher Jose Trevino and left-hander Nestor Cortez. Trevino left the Rangers on a minor deal near the end of spring training, while Cortez returned to the Yankees on a minor league contract last year.

In the sixth inning, they teamed up as an American League battery and were included in the broadcast. We heard them joking and talking during field selection. It was neat. And we heard Cortez warn that one of his signature funk gigs is coming:

“I’m probably going to give it up completely. You’re likely to see some interesting stuff,” Cortez told earlier this week. I wouldn’t say one bizarre pitch is considered cheating – Cortez does it once or twice early in the Yankee game – but it’s definitely different, and different is fun. Cortez and Trevino, who listened to the microphones, had a good TV inning.

We didn’t get to see the new tie-break format

Earlier this week, MLB announced that All-Star ties would not be decided by extra innings, as has been the case in the past. but rather an abbreviated Home Run Derby. In the event of a tie after nine innings, each team will select three batters and each of them will receive three hits. After all six players have played three rounds, the team with the most points will be declared the winner.

Needless to say, this new wrinkle was received with enthusiasm by the fans, with many of us no doubt hoping for a draw on Tuesday night. However, that didn’t happen as the AL maintained its one-run lead in the last five and a half innings.

In the eighth round, the NL hit their first hit since the first half – an Austin Riley single knocked Clay Holmes out of the frame immediately – but Holmes bounced back to get the next two outs and Liam Hendrix then ran aground. potential tying mileage. In the ninth, Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase landed a side kick for a save.

If we had a tie then Ty France, Julio Rodriguez and Kyle Tucker would go to the AL and Pete Alonso, Ronald Acuña Jr and Kyle Schwarber would go to the NL in a mini derby. An NL advantage considering they fielded three real Home Run Derby entrants? Alas, we will never know.

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