American League wins 2018 MLB All-Star Game

July 18, 2018 - 7:15 am

The American League needed back-to-back home runs in the 10th inning to beat the National League 8-6 in the MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park. The two teams combined for 10 home runs, smashing the previous record of six from 1971.

The game was a perfect display of the modern league: strikeouts and home runs.

The league’s best pitchers were dealing, combining for 25 strikeouts. But the league’s best hitters were ready. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge started the barrage with a solo home run off Washington Nationals pitcher Max Sherzer in the second inning. Los Angeles Angels outfielder, and seven-time All-Star, Mike Trout followed Judge’s lead with a solo shot of his own in the third inning.

The NL didn’t wait long as Chicago Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras hit a solo home run in the next half-inning. The scoring stopped until the seventh inning, when Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story tied the game with, yet, another solo homer.

A three-run bomb off the bat of Seattle Mariners shortstop Jean Segura in the eighth looked like the decisive swing as the AL held a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Cincinatti Reds second basemen Scooter Gennett has been hot all season, currently leading the NL with a .326 batting average. Gennett stayed hot and sent a two-run shot into the bullpen of Nationals Park, tying the game at 5-5. The NL dugout was sent into a frenzy by the hit.

But the elation didn’t last long.

Houston Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit consecutive solo homers off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling in the first half of the 10th inning. Bregman would win MVP honors for his performance. Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley drove in the only non-home run score with a sacrifice fly and the AL took an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the 10th.

Reds first basemen Joey Votto led off for the NL with, you guessed it, another solo bomb, but Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ recovered to get his first career save preserve the 8-6 win. The victory is the AL’s sixth straight win in the Mid-Summer Classic.

The league gets back in action on Thursday with just one game as the Cubs and Cardinals squaring off in Chicago at Wrigley Field. The rest of the league gets back to work on Friday.

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