White Sox ace Chris Sale got the start for the American League in the 2016 All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. Things started off well, as he got leadoff man Ben Zobrist to fly out weakly and Bryce Harper to ground out easily to second base.
Kris Bryant, however, turned Sale’s smile upside down, drilling a first-pitch, 96 MPH fastball off of the facing of the second deck for a solo home run, giving the National League an early 1-0 lead.
Remember, the All-Star break “counts” in that the winning league will have home field advantage in the World Series, meaning the league champion will host four games in the best-of-seven series.
Bryant, 24, entered the All-Star break leading the National League with 25 homers. He’s also batting a cool .286/.384/.578 with 65 RBI and a league-leading 73 runs scored.