Well, the 84th Midsummer Classic was a huge success, mainly because Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira and Dellin Betances actually got a chance to play in the game. But the main story was the American League securing home field advantage for the World Series, beating the National League 6-3 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Let’s recap what both the American and National League did tonight:
The American League scored in the top of the first on a Mike Trout solo home run. In the top of the fifth Prince Fielder hit an RBI single and Lorenzo Cain hit a RBI double down the left field line. In the top of the seventh, Manny Machado hit a RBI double and Prince Fielder hit a SAC Fly. Brian Dozier gave the American League an insurance run by notching a solo-shot in the top of the 8th.
Dallas Keuchel gave up a run in two innings of work, Felix Hernandez pitched a scoreless inning, David Price pitched a scoreless inning, Chris Archer gave up a run in 1.1 inning of work, Zach Britton retired two batters, Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless inning, Wade Davis pitched a scoreless inning and Glen Perkins gave up a run in the ninth.
The National League scored in the bottom of the second on a Jhonny Perlata line drive. In the bottom of the sixth, Andrew McCutchen hit a solo-shot and in the ninth Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly.
Zack Greinke gave up a run in two innings of work, Gerrit Cole pitched a scoreless inning, Madison Bumgarner pitched a scoreless inning, Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs on three hits in his inning of work, Jacob DeGrom pitched a scoreless inning, Francisco Rodriguez gave up two runs in an inning of work, Mark Melancon gave up a run in an inning of work and Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth.
— Brett Gardner went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.
— Mark Teixeira went 0-for-2 with a strikeout (his strikeout came against Chapman and Teixeira appeared flabbergasted after the strikeout. Well, that’s what happens when you face a pitcher who throws 103 MPH).
— It’s time for Betances, Gardner and Teixeira to head back to New York as the Yankees prepare for a three game set against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.