2021 MLB All-Star Game
The American League dominated for the eighth straight year in the 2021 MLB All Star Game at Coors Field in Denver on Tuesday night, winning by a score of 5-2. Shohei Ohtani, the starting pitcher for the AL, hurled a flawless first inning, while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. provided fireworks later on with 468-foot home run shot into the bleacher seats, earning him the game MVP. The National League had numerous opportunities to catch up, but got only one run after loading the bases in the sixth inning, and leaving several runners stranded later on.
Ohtani was the first player to ever both start an All-Star Game as a pitcher and be a designated hitter. It was also the first time a single player both pitched and batted in the Midsummer Classic since the late Roy Halladay did it in back in 2009.
Ohtani got the first three batters out in the first inning and was 0-2 batting, with two groundouts. He threw a 100.2 mile-an-hour pitch, which was the hardest he had thrown since the beginning of the season. The effort earned him a win.
Guerrero created a record of his own by becoming the second-youngest player in the history of the All-Star Game to go yard. The 468-foot shot is the longest measured in the ASG since 2015, when the Statcast era began.
Guerrero Jr. joins his dad as the third father and son combination to hit home runs in the Midsummer Classic, along with Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr., and Bobby and Barry Bonds. He was 1 for 3 and scored two runs, netting him MVP honors. He is also the only player from the Blue Jays to snag the award and the youngest at 22 years, 119 days.
Five Red Sox players went to the All-Star Game, the most in all of MLB. Pitcher Nathan Eovaldi kept things scoreless in the fourth inning, while JD Martinez, Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts produced a collective 3 for 7, including a double and an RBI.
Closer Matt Barnes got into bases-loaded trouble in the eighth inning but got out of it when Cubs’ third baseman Kris Bryant lined out, keeping the inning scoreless.
Tuesday’s game also saw the catchers from each league hit opposite-field homers for the first time since 1997. Both were solo shots from the Rays’ Mike Zunino and the Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto. Additionally, Realmuto’s home run was the first hit by a Philly in the ASG since Mike Schmidt in 1981.
Even though he was playing out of position in left field, Angels’ first baseman Jared Walsh made a dramatic sliding catch to prevent Kris Bryant from getting a hit in the eighth inning. If the ball had gotten past him, it could have been a history making inside-the-park grand slam and given the NL the lead.
The National League has not won the All-Star Game since 2012.
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