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

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

Stanton, who was named All-Star Game MVP, hit a 457-foot, two-run homer off Dodgers righty Tony Gonsolin in the fourth inning. Buxton, the next batter, followed with a 425-foot own shot to give the AL a one-run lead that the team would not relinquish.

The National League started strong. Dodgers legend Clayton Kershaw started at home and pitched a scoreless first inning (picked off by Shohei Ohtani). NL gave up two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to an RBI single by Mookie Betts and a solo homer by Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The NL had four basehits off AL-starter Shane McClanahan, but was tagged only one in the last eight innings.

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

AL winning streak to nine

The American League’s All-Star Game winning streak runs to nine. The so-called Junior Circuit is also 21-4 in the last 25 All-Star Games. That said, the National League dominated the All-Star Game so much in the 1960s and 1970s that the AL has only a thin 47-43-2 lead in the all-time series despite its recent dominance. The AL will extend its All-Star Game winning streak to 10 next year at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.

Stanton and Buxton made history

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

With one out and one on, host Dodgers Stanton’s Tony Gonsolin presented a 0-2 splitter. Stanton, who joined Mariano Rivera (2013) and Derek Jeter (2000) as Yankees to win All-Star Game MVP honors, liked it:

That’s a 457-foot crush job that reached near the seats Stanton sat when he visited Dodger Stadium as a kid. It also left the bat at 111.7 mph, which, according to Sarah Langsis the highest Statcast exit rate ever recorded in the All-Star Game.

That tied the game, and Buxton, the next batter, gave the AL a 3-2 lead with this explosion of a 2-1 fastball over the zone:

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

Together, those two track hits made for the first back-to-back home runs in an All-Star Game since Alex Bregman and George Springer of the Astros pulled it off in 2018, finishing seventh overall. Consider the importance of the Stanton-Buxton combo, though, and it’s unprecedented, at least as far as the Midsummer Classic is concerned:

Not coincidentally, Stanton and Buxton combined for 47 home runs in the first half of the season.

Kershaw picked Ohtani. from

In a field interview prior to his first at bat, Shohei Ohtani said he planned to swing on the first pitch, as well as on the first pitch. He sent Clayton Kershaw’s first sacrifice back to center for a lead-off single. Ohtani is only the third player to hit on the first pitch of the All-Star Game, along with his Angels teammate Mike Trout (2013) and Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett (1986).

Ohtani’s stint on the bases didn’t last long, though. A few pitches after giving up the single, Kershaw Ohtani led out on first base. See:

A pick-off throw in an All-Star Game? Come on man. That’s not as bad as shifting the infield in the All-Star Game, but come on. Anyway, that’s the first All-Star Game pick-off since Carlos Zambrano picked Milton Bradley in 2008.

Ohtani went 1 for 1 with a walk in the All-Star Game. Alas and alas, he didn’t throw. Kershaw threw around the single by Ohtani and a walk by Rafael Devers in his scoreless inning off work. But a pickoff throw in the All-Star Game? Really? That’s a kangaroo court fine.

Nestor Cortes became ‘rogue’

The Yankees had two unlikely All-Stars this year in catcher Jose Trevino and lefty Nestor Cortes. Trevino joined from the Rangers in a minor trade near the end of spring training, and Cortes returned to the Yankees last year on a minor-league contract.

In the sixth inning, they teamed up as the battery of the American League and were included in the broadcast. We heard them joke and talk about pitch selection. It was neat. And we were told that Cortes issued a warning that one of his signature funky deliveries was coming:

“That’s probably where I’m going to go wrong. You’ll probably see some cool stuff,” Cortes told NJ.com earlier this week. I wouldn’t say one funky episode qualifies as a villain — Cortes does that once or twice to start with the Yankees — but it’s definitely different, and different is fun. Cortes and Trevino being in the microphone was a good half inning of television.

We didn’t get to see the new tiebreak format

Earlier this week, MLB announced that the All-Star Game ties would not be decided by extra innings, as was customary 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 swings. After all six players have had a chance to beat through three rounds, the team with the highest total is declared the winner.

Needless to say, this new wrinkle was received with enthusiasm by fans, and many of us were no doubt hoping for a Tuesday night draw. That didn’t quite happen, though, as the AL maintained its one-run lead in the last five-and-a-half innings.

In the eighth, NL hit its first hit since the first inning – an Austin Riley single to the right of Clay Holmes to lead from the frame – but Holmes recovered to get the next two outs, then Liam Hendriks stranded the potential. tie up walk. In the ninth, Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase struckout the side to make the save.

Had we been drawn, Ty France, Julio Rodríguez and Kyle Tucker would have gone for the AL, while Pete Alonso, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Kyle Schwarber would have gone for the NL in the mini-Derby. Advantage NL, since they would have finished three real Home Run Derby participants? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

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