Well pretty much like the first half of the 2018 MLB regular season, we saw either the Home Run or the Strikeout, with not a lot in between in tonight’s Mid Summer Classic in Washington D.C., and another thing we’ve seen a lot of is the American League winning this game. For the 6th straight year the A.L. tasted victory, 8-6 in 10 innings, and now an overwhelming 18-3 winning mark the last 21 games with a decision.
Tonight’s game broke a longtime record in a gigantic way, as both teams hit 5 homers for a total of 10 dingers, breaking the previous high of 6 homers in this prestigious game.
In this game tonight every run except one was score via the home run ball.
Going into the 7th inning stretch the game really was tilted heavily to the boring side, with only 3 runs crossing home plate, and all via the home run ball. But then the bats woke up after the long stretch and things got really exciting.
The game featured 15K’s in just the first 4 1/3rd innings, but the late game theatrics were double the price of admission.
The N.L.’s Trevor Story hit a game tying homer in the bottom of the 7th to knot the score at 2-2. Then in the top of the 8th, with two men aboard, the Mariners Jean Segura, in his first at bat of the night, hit a 3 run homer to give the A.L. a 3 run lead and what at time seemed like a lock to secure the victory. The key part of the inning and the Segura at bat was the Reds 1B Joey Votto missing a catchable foul ball for an error and keeping Segura at the plate longer, to what turned out to be a giant swing in the game. The bottom of the 8th saw the Brewers Christian Yelich hit a solo home run to cut the deficit to just 2 runs and keep the N.L. side in striking distance.
That led to the first of big time drama swings as the N.L. kept the A.L. stars off the score board in the top of the ninth, setting up the heroics of the Reds Scooter Gennett, who pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth, with one mate on board, and hit a crowd pleasing 2 run homer to tie the game, and for a short second, give the N.L. a shot to close this game out in regulation with just one more run. That didn’t happen, so the drama continued into extra innings.
In the tenth inning, it was a pair of Astros team mates who iced the game for the A.L. side with back to back homers off LA Dodgers young star Ross Stripling. It was like deja vu all over again for Dodgers fans as the Astros hitters once again feasted on Dodger Pitching.
The Reds Joey Votto hit a home run in the bottom of the 10th inning cutting the deficit to 8-6, but that was all the N.L. stars could manage and the Blue Jays J.A. Happ closed out the game with his first ever Save, helping the A.L. to continue it’s amazing winning run going in the All Star Classics.
The Astros Alex Bregman won the games MVP Award with his lead off Homer off Stripling in the top of the 10th, and then it was George Springer who hit the second of two straight to start the 10th for the eventual game winning RBI.
The Nationals hosted this game and their Number 1 star Bryce Harper finished the night 0-2 with 2 strike outs, just one night after thrilling the home town fans with his big win in the Home Run Derby.
All but two teams will be off the next two nights as the full slate of action returns Friday night in what looks to be a very exciting second half of the season.
Las Vegas Sports Handicapper Gary Greene