The Midsummer Classic has come and gone, and once again it was the American League that ended up winning out over the National League. The 4-3 victory marks the 19th time in 22 years the AL has taken home in the win, underlining the dominance that they have reached. They got things started fairly early in the game on Tuesday, with Michael Brantley doubling home Houston Astros teammate Alex Bregman for in the second.
Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco then hit an infield single to drive in Gary Sanchez, making it 2-0 and putting real pressure upon the NL on a night where pitching was having its way, for a change. Justin Verlander had been brilliant for the AL in the first, but it was Cleveland’s own Shane Bieber, a late addition to the team, that would impress even more on the mound in the fifth inning. The Indians hurler would throw a 1-2-3 inning, striking out the side in the process, which earned him the MVP as a result. Charlie Blackmon homered in the next inning to make it 2-1, but a pair of runs driven in by the AL in the seventh meant the lead increased to 4-1. Pete Alonso, winner of the Home Run Derby the night before, would drive in a pair of runs in the eighth to make it interesting, but the final score would read 4-3 after Aroldis Chapman shut the door on them.