2022 MLB All-Star Game score takeaways: AL continues winning streak with Byron Buxton homer Giancarlo Stanton

The American League, buoyed by back-to-back homers from Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton, continued its All-Star Game dominance Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. The AL won the 2022 MLB All-Star Game, 3-2, to make it nine straight wins over the National League at the Midsummer Classic.

Stanton, who was named the All-Star Game MVP, homered 457 feet and two runs off Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin in the fourth inning. Buxton, the next hitter, followed with his own shot from 425 feet to give the AL a one-run lead the team wouldn’t give up.

The National League has started well. Dodgers legend Clayton Kershaw teeed off in front of his home crowd and pitched a scoreless first inning (which featured a Shohei Ohtani pick-off). The NL got two runs late in the first, thanks to an RBI single from Mookie Betts and a solo homer from Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The NL had four hits against AL starter Shane McClanahan, but only had one hit in the last eight innings.

Now, some takeaways from the 2022 All-Star Game.

AL winning streak up to nine

The American League All-Star Game winning streak is at nine. The so-called junior circuit is also 21-4 in the last 25 All-Star Games. That said, the National League so dominated the All-Star Game in the 1960s and 1970s that the AL only has a slim 47-43-2 advantage in the all-time series despite its recent dominance. The AL will be looking to extend their All-Star Game winning streak to 10 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle next year.

Stanton and Buxton made history

Thanks to Goldschmidt’s first-inning homer, the NL held a 2-0 lead heading into the fourth inning. However, things changed quickly thanks to Giancarlo Stanton of the Yankees and Byron Buxton of the Twins.

With an out and an over, Tony Gonsolin of the host Dodgers presented Stanton with an 0-2 splitter. Stanton, who joined Mariano Rivera (2013) and Derek Jeter (2000) as the Yankees to earn All-Star Game MVP honors, found it to his liking:

It’s a 457-foot haul that hit the neighborhood of seats where Stanton used to sit when he visited Dodger Stadium as a kid. He also left the bat at 111.7 mph which, according to Sarah Langsis the highest Statcast exit speed ever recorded in the All-Star Game.

That tied the game, and Buxton, the very next hitter, gave the AL a 3-2 lead with this burst of a 2-1 fastball over the area:

And we say above the zone, we mean this emphatically:

In tandem, those two homerun influences have enabled the first back-to-back homeruns in an All-Star Game since the Astros’ Alex Bregman and George Springer hit it in 2018 and seventh overall. Consider the significance of the Stanton-Buxton combo, however, and it’s unprecedented, at least as far as the Midsummer Classic is concerned:

It’s no coincidence that Stanton and Buxton have combined 47 homers in the first half of this season.

Kershaw kidnapped Ohtani

In an on-court interview before his first at bat, Shohei Ohtani said he planned to swing on the first pitch and swing on the first pitch he made. He returned Clayton Kershaw’s first offering in the middle for a debut single. Ohtani is only the third player to get a first-pitch hit in the All-Star Game, joining Angels teammate Mike Trout (2013) and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett (1986).

Ohtani’s stint on the bases didn’t last long, however. A few pitches after giving up the single, Kershaw picked Ohtani at first base. Check it out:

A pitch in an All-Star Game? Come on man. It’s not as bad as moving the infield in the All-Star Game, but come on. Regardless, he’s been the No. 1 All-Star Game pick since Carlos Zambrano knocked out Milton Bradley in 2008.

Ohtani went 1 for 1 with a walk in the All-Star Game. Alas and alas, he did not launch. Kershaw pitched Ohtani’s single and a Rafael Devers walk in his scoreless work inning. But a pickaxe throw in the All-Star Game? Oh good? It’s a kangaroo court fine.

Nestor Cortes has gone “rogue”

The Yankees had two unlikely All-Stars this year in wide receiver Jose Trevino and left-hander Nestor Cortes. Trevino came from Rangers in a minor trade late in spring training, and Cortes joined the Yankees on a minor league contract last year.

In the sixth inning, they teamed up as the American League Battery, and they were mic on the show. We could hear them joking around and discussing pitch selection. It was great. And we heard Cortes announce that one of his trademark funky deliveries was coming:

“I’m probably going to go completely rogue on this. You’ll probably see some cool stuff there,” Cortes told NJ.com earlier this week. I wouldn’t say a great delivery qualifies as rogue — Cortes does that once or twice per Yankees debut — but it sure is different, and different is fun. Cortes and Trevino’s mic was a good TV half-inning.

We couldn’t see the new tiebreaker format

Earlier this week, MLB announced that All-Star Game ties would not be decided by extra innings, as has been the practice in the past. but rather by an abbreviated Home Run Derby. In the event of a tie after nine innings, each team would select three batters, and each of them would get three hits. Once all six players have had a chance to beat three rounds, the team with the highest total will be declared the winner.

Needless to say, this new wrinkle was greeted with enthusiasm by fans, and many of us were no doubt hoping for a tie on Tuesday night. That didn’t quite happen, however, as the AL held their one-run lead over the past five and a half innings.

In the eighth, the NL hit its first hit since the first inning – an Austin Riley single to the right of Clay Holmes to lead the frame – but Holmes recovered to get the next two outs, and Liam Hendriks then came on for block the potential. tied race. In the ninth, Guardians closer to Emmanuel Clase hit the side for the save.

Had we managed a tie, then Ty France, Julio Rodríguez and Kyle Tucker would have switched to the AL, while Pete Alonso, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Kyle Schwarber would have opted for the NL in the mini-Derby. NL advantage, considering they reportedly released three actual Home Run Derby participants? Alas, we will never know.

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