Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer was named MVP of the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego, blasting a solo home run and adding an RBI single in a 2-for-3 performance, helping the American League beat the National League 4-2 on Tuesday night. His solo homer off of Johnny Cueto tied the game up at 1-1 in the first inning and his RBI single in the third inning off of Jose Fernandez boosted the AL’s lead to 4-1. Teammate Salvador Perez smacked a two-run home run off of Cueto in the second as well.
The AL was set behind early when Kris Bryant drilled a solo home run to left field off of starter Chris Sale. The NL was only able to tack on one more run in the fourth inning thanks to Marcell Ozuna‘s RBI single.
The NL’s best chance to tie the game came in the top of the eighth inning when Jonathan Lucroy and Starling Marte singled, and Adam Duvall walked to load the bases with two outs against Miller. Will Harris came in and struck out Aledmys Diaz to put out the fire.
Orioles closer Zach Britton came on in the ninth to seal the 4-2 victory. After allowing a leadoff single to Daniel Murphy, Britton got Paul Goldschmidt to ground into a 1-3 fielder’s choice, then induced a game-ending 5-4-3 double play. Corey Kluber got the win, Cueto got the loss, and Britton got the save. The American League champion will have home field advantage in the 2016 World Series.
The American League has emerged victorious from the All-Star game for the fourth year in a row. The NL won three years in a row from 2010-12 after the AL won every year from 1997-2009, excepting the 2002 tied game at Miller Park.
Notable: NL manager Terry Collins didn’t put any of his players — Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, Jeurys Familia — into the game.
If you watched the player introductions before the 2016 All-Star Game or if you watched Rangers ace Cole Hamels‘ scoreless third inning, you might’ve noticed a bandage on his chin. The lefty tripped coming out of the bathroom in his hotel room at 5 AM, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
“Now I can sleep,” Hamels said.
It’s not as embarrassing as some of the other injuries baseball players have suffered. 12 years ago, Sammy Sosa injured his back sneezing. Mat Latos also suffered an injury the same way in 2010. Joel Zumaya injured himself playing Guitar Hero. Milton Bradley injured his ACL arguing with an umpire.
In his inning of work against the National League, Hamels allowed a single to Carlos Gonzalez and a double to Bryce Harper, but was able to get out unscathed by striking out Kris Bryant.
Hamels is an All-Star for the fourth time in his career. This season, he owns a 3.21 ERA and a 109/47 K/BB ratio in 112 innings.
Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer tied the 2016 All-Star Game at one apiece in the bottom of the second inning, drilling a Johnny Cueto fastball over the fence in left field at San Diego’s Petco Park for a solo home run.
Mookie Betts followed up with a single up the middle, bringing up Royals catcher Salvador Perez. With a 1-1 count, Cueto threw a 93 MPH fastball, which Perez launched to left field, landing several rows back beyond the fence, giving the American League a 3-1 lead.
As ESPN Stats & Info notes, Cueto is the first pitcher to allow two home runs in the All-Star Game since Roger Clemens in 2004, when he surrendered dingers to Alfonso Soriano and Manny Ramirez.
The second inning continued when Jackie Bradley, Jr. beat out an infield single. Cueto was able to strike out Jose Altuve, but National League manager Terry Collins came out to the mound to bring in Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.