The American League defeated the National League in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game last night by a score of 4-3. It was the seventh straight victory for the Junior Circuit in the Midsummer Classic, and they’ve also won 19 of the last 23 Midsummer Classic match-ups. The Milwaukee Brewers sent five representatives to this year’s contest, although only four appeared in the game. Here is a recap of how the boys from our beloved local nine fared:
OF Christian Yelich
Milwaukee’s MVP candidate started the game in left field and led off for the Senior Circuit. He lined out to first base against Justin Verlander to begin the affair, and then struck out looking against Jose Berrios in the third inning. He was replaced by Kris Bryant in the fourth.
IF Mike Moustakas
Moose entered the game in the fourth inning to replace Nolan Arenado at third base. His first at-bat didn’t come until the seventh inning, when he flew out to left field. He came back to the plate in a big spot in the eighth inning. With the NL trailing 4-3 after already plating two runs in the inning, Moustakas came up to bat with two outs and runners on second and third. But he popped up a 3-1 fastball off Brad Hand into foul territory that was caught by the catcher to end the rally.
C Yasmani Grandal
Yaz entered the game in the fifth inning to play backstop. His walk off Brad Hand in the top of the eighth started the NL’s comeback attempt, as he came around to score the first of the National League’s two runs that inning. Grandal was also the last batter of the game, whiffing against Aroldis Chapman on a slider to seal the AL’s victory.
RHP Brandon Woodruff
Woodruff came in to pitch the seventh inning of a 2-1 ballgame, but when he departed, the score was 3-1. He walked Matt Chapman to lead off the frame, who then moved up to third on a James McCann single. A double play off the bat Xander Bogarts scored the run in exchange for two outs, and then Woody was relieved by #OldFriend Will Smith.
LHP Josh Hader
Hader was selected as an All-Star and was present in Cleveland for the contest, but he did not suit up after pulling out of the game with back spasms.
Not exactly a banner night for our Cream City All-Stars or for the National League, but hey, at least it doesn’t count for home field advantage in the World Series anymore, right?