I Thought The Home Run Derby Was Yesterday: AL 8, NL 6

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This was an All Star Game that featured a power surge of epic proportions, 13 of the 14 runs scored came via the home run ball. The game no longer "counts", but it did go to extra innings before the American League extended its winning streak to seven.

Max Scherzer stranded two runners in the top of the 1st, before Javy Baez led off the bottom of the inning with a single against Chris Sale. Javy got stranded and Aaron Judge took Scherzer deep to left in the 2nd to give the AL a 1-0 lead. Mike Trout took the now short-haired Jacob DeGrom out to dead center for a 2-0 lead in the 3rd.

The best catcher in the National League got the home team on the board in the bottom of the 3rd. Willson Contreras hit a laser beam homer over the wall in left off of the Rays Blake Snell. Willson has homered on the first big league pitch he saw and the first pitch he saw in the All Star Game.

Things stayed right there all the way to the bottom of the 7th inning, when Trevor Story of the Rockies hit a solo-shot off of the Astros Charlie Morton to tie the game at 2-2. Brewers relief ace Josh Hader came on in the 8th and imploded just like his team has recently. Shin-Soo Choo of the Rangers and the Astros George Springer singled. Jean Segura of the Mariners appeared to foul out, but Joey Votto dropped it for an error, I feel like Votto has done something like this recently. Anyway, Segura slammed the next pitch for a three-run bomb to left to make it 5-2 Junior Circuit. Wish I could say it was the worst thing Hader did tonight.

Morton allowed a homer to Christian Yelich in the bottom of the 8th inning to cut the lead to 5-3. Edwin "Sugar" Diaz of the Mariners came on to get the save in the 9th inning. The Marlins J.T. Realmuto drew a walk with one out which set the stage for Scooter Gennett. A grown man named Scooter blasted a game-tying two-run bomb to right. So the game that didn't count went to extra innings.

Ross Stripling of the Dodgers had finished the 9th and stayed on for the 10th inning. Alex Bregman of the Astros took Stripling just over the wall in left for a go-ahead homer. Then Springer followed with another blast to left, have the Dodgers ever given up extra inning runs to the Astros before? I'll have to look it up later. Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly to score Segura and make it 8-5 AL. J.A. Happ of the Jays gave up a homer to Joey Votto before closing out the 8-6 win. Alex Bregman won the MVP and got a Camero, but he still lost to Kyle Schwarber in the home run derby.

 

 

 

Filed under: Cubs, MLB

Tags: Javy Baez, Willson Contreras

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  • I guess in was a pretty fun All Star break , and good thing overall, but I missed it. I'm anxiously waiting for games that actually count. I would not want to use up too many Cub hits on an exhibition game. Now the Dirty Birds are coming to town with a new manager trying to save their season. That's drama! Teams generally play their ass off for the new skipper. Go Cubs!!!

  • That was a crazy game. Exactly what MLB wanted. If Votto hangs onto that foul ball, Gennet’s dinger probably would have been the game winner. Glad our Cub all stars performed well.

  • The game will now be known as the Hader game. This one is not going to into the social compost pile. ironic it was Votto's error that set it up

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    More to baseball and not social stupidity. This will be a big distraction for the Brew Crew going into the 2nd half. A great manager might be able to rally around the support of the team, but what I know growing up and working in minority-majority communities is that public displays of racial epitaphs is not forgotten by most who are subjected to racial bias throughout their lives.

    Anyway Hader who was once purported to be unhitable is evidently not. Good for the Cubs.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    Most everyone make serious mistakes in their lives. People forgive and move on much easier when one admits the error and attempts to make amends. He appears to be doing that....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    You're right, but what else CAN he do? It's all damage control from here, with a lot of "guidance" from the Brewers organization.

  • In reply to rnemanich:

    I'm surprised that teams don't require prospects to close social media accounts as soon as they sign. In the case of Hader, he hadn't even made his account private. His stupidity was there for anyone to find.

  • Is only still early Wednesday and I’m READY. Let’s get it on! Have won 12 out of the last 15 and those 3 losses were close 1 run games.
    Before the month is over we have 8 games with the birds......too bad for them....

  • Though I would have liked to see the NL win, of course, I sort of like seeing Hader and Stripling knocked around.

  • Does anyone know which came first, the reporting of haders tweets, or his terrible appearance in the game?

  • In reply to 2Toes:

    According to USA Today, he was informed when he went into the dugout after pitching. usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/allstar/2018/07/18/josh-hader-twitter-all-star-game/794751002. He actually made his account private while the game was still going on.

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