The 2021 Midsummer Classic was won by the American League All-Stars, who took down the National League All-Stars 5-2 in Denver, Colorado Tuesday night.
2021 MLB All-Star Game Recap
The result marked the eighth-straight win that the AL has notched over the NL, certifying their side of the proceeding as the better of the two— in the All-Star Game, at least. This could have turned out differently if all of the starters were available and had chosen to play, with presumptive NL MVP, Jacob deGrom, headlining a group of players that did not attend the event, though that is entirely speculative.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after going 1-3 with a moonshot of a home run that sailed 468 feet, extending the AL’s third-inning lead to 2-0.
Guerrero Jr. also sacrificed himself for an RBI, finishing the game with two total. The 22-year-old slugger is the first member of the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization to win the award and also the first in his family, accomplishing a feat that even his great father did not during his career.
Fernando Tatis Jr., the NL’s leader in home runs, was mic’d up talking to Joe Buck when Guerrero hit his shot but could do nothing but hold his hands over his head as his longtime friend smashed the ball into orbit. The Padres’ young star knew the ball was gone as soon as Guerrero Jr.’s bat cracked it and shouted at his pal as he rounded the bases.
Mike Zunino joined Guerrero Jr. and Realmuto with a home run of his own, coming in the sixth inning to put the AL up 5-1. Although Coors Field is thought of as a hitter-friendly park, however, the three home runs were relatively expected, given the stage of the spectacle. All of the players were trying to swing for the fences and put on a show, so the home run total was not surprising.
Shohei Ohtani was credited with the win after going one, two, three in his lone inning of action, making up for a disappointing first-round exit in Monday night’s Home Run Derby. Ohtani’s appearance on the mound saw him pitted against Tatis Jr., Max Muncy, and Nolan Arenado, and was one of the highlights of the night.
Max Scherzer countered Ohtani for the NL and saw the first three AL batters of the evening, escaping without allowing a hit and dealing a strikeout.
Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers was handed the loss in the ASG, having surrendered two earned runs to go with two strikeouts and a walk in two innings of action. Burnes is having a terrific season with the Brewers, posting a line of 4-4 with a 2.36 ERA, and will not mind the outcome in his first All-Star Game appearance.
Eight of the nine American League pitchers that saw action did not allow an earned run, with J.T. Realmuto’s solo shot on Gregory Soto serving as the exception.
All in all, the AL-only managed one more hit than the NL, winning the battle eight to nine— but while the NL left runners stranded, the AL did a better job of taking their opportunities, whether through home runs, base hits, or sacrifices at the plate.
Major League Baseball will resume its usual operations with a Thursday night matchup in the Bronx, New York between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, the first of a four-game series.
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