2015 All-Star Game
The 2015 All-Star Game, the 86th edition of the Mid-summer classic, took place at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH, on Tuesday July 14, 2015. The American League won the game, 6-3, over the National League with Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim becoming the first repeat winner of the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award after leading off the game with a home run and then scoring the go-ahead run in the 5th inning.
In unveiling the game's logo, the Cincinnati Reds explained that it was an occasion to celebrate the rich history of baseball and the role of Cincinnati as the home of the first professional baseball team. The logo centers on the figure of "Mr. Redlegs", whose style of dress harkens back to the late 19th century and the origins of the game.
American League manager Ned Yost had a number of lead-off type hitters in his starting line-up, with 2B Jose Altuve and LF Lorenzo Cain examples of these, but he elected to have CF Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the role, although he is normally a middle-of-the-order type with his team. Leading off the game against P Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who was entering the game with a string of 35 2/3 scoreless innings, Trout made Yost appear to be a genius by homering to right field on a 1-2 pitch to open the score. Greinke then walked 3B Josh Donaldson, but retired the next three batters, including a pair on strikeouts, then logged another two K's as he set down the AL in order in the bottom of the 2nd. For his part, AL starter Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros was perfect in the 1st, but 1B Paul Goldschmidt led off the 2nd with an infield single and advanced to second base on Donaldson's wild throw. Goldschmidt advanced to third on a ground out and with two outs, SS Jhonny Peralta singled him in to tie the score at 1-1, the run being unearned.
There was no scoring in the 3rd and 4th innings, with the Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole taking over on the mound for the National League and issuing another walk to Donaldson, with no further damage. In the bottom half, Felix Hernandez retired the side in order. In the 4th, Madison Bumgarner gave up a one-out single to Cain, then after another out, struck out C Salvador Perez to apparently end the inning, but Cain was running on the play and C Yadier Molina couldn't corral the wild pitch, resulting in Cain making it to third base and Perez to first. However, Altuve grounded to 2B D.J. LeMahieu to end the inning. David Price of the Detroit Tigers then took over on the mound for the bottom of the inning and retired the side on two strikeouts and a line-out, a performance that would earn him the win as the American League took over in the top of the 5th.
Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, a last-minute addition to the roster, was the next NL pitcher and he allowed a lead-off single to SS Alcides Escobar. Trout followed with a grounder to LeMahieu which forced out Escobar, but it wasn't possible to complete a double play. After a second out, 1B Albert Pujols drew a walk and Prince Fielder came in as a pinch-hitter in the DH slot. He singled to left, scoring Trout with the go-ahead run, then Cain followed with a double and the AL was up, 3-1. There were wholesale defensive changes for the AL in the bottom of the inning, but P Chris Archer worked around a walk to Peralta to keep the NL from replying immediately. Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets then put out one of the most impressive pitching performances of the night, striking out the side in the top of the 6th on only 10 pitches, after which Archer returned for a second inning of work. New CF Andrew McCutchen greeted him with a homer to left to cut the lead to 3-2, and after a first out, Zach Britton took over, ending the inning in spite of making an error that allowed Goldschmidt to reach base and allowing a single to Molina with two outs.
The American League built its lead in the 7th as Trout drew a lead-off walk against Francisco Rodriguez and was replaced by pinch-runner Brock Holt, who quickly stole second base. 3B Manny Machado followed with a double to make the score 4-2, then moved to third on a ground out. Fielder then drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center, and it was 5-2. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning, working around a walk to rookie 3B Kris Bryant. Mark Melancon took over on the mound for the NL in the 8th, but after a pair of strikeouts, pinch-hitter Brian Dozier launched a ball into center field for a homer, and it was now 6-2. Wade Davis allowed a one-out single to RF Justin Upton, who stole second base, but he struck out 1B Adrian Gonzalez and got PH Yasmani Grandal to ground out to end the inning without a run. Local favorite Aroldis Chapman pitched the top of the 9th, flashing some 100mph fastballs and imitating deGrom by also striking out the side, although he needed 14 pitches. It was not a save situation in the bottom of the 9th, but the major leagues' save leader, Glen Perkins, was sent to the mound to close out the win. PH Ryan Braun greeted him with a triple to right and SS Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly to left to cut the lead to 6-3, but that was the NL's last bite. Bryant flied out to right and 2B Joe Panik lined out to left to end the game. Trout was named the game's MVP, with Price getting the win and Kershaw charged with the loss. The win gave the American League home field advantage in the 2015 World Series.
|American League|| Batting
|Mike Trout||CF||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||1||Andrew McCutchen||CF||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Josh Donaldson||3B||Toronto Blue Jays||2||Todd Frazier||3B||Cincinnati Reds|
|Albert Pujols||1B||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||3||Bryce Harper||RF||Washington Nationals|
|Nelson Cruz||DH||Seattle Mariners||4||Paul Goldschmidt||1B||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Lorenzo Cain||RF||Kansas City Royals||5||Buster Posey||C||San Francisco Giants|
|Adam Jones||LF||Baltimore Orioles||6||Anthony Rizzo||DH||Chicago Cubs|
|Salvador Perez||C||Kansas City Royals||7||Jhonny Peralta||SS||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Jose Altuve||2B||Houston Astros||8||Joc Pederson||LF||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Alcides Escobar||SS||Kansas City Royals||9||D.J. LeMahieu||2B||Colorado Rockies|
|Dallas Keuchel||P||Houston Astros||SP||Zack Greinke||P||Los Angeles Dodgers|
American: Dallas Keuchel, Felix Hernandez, David Price (W), Chris Archer, Zach Britton, Dellin Betances, Wade Davis, Glen Perkins
National: Zack Greinke, Gerrit Cole, Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw (L), Jacob deGrom, Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman
- Tim Welke, Jerry Meals, Paul Schrieber, Ron Kulpa, James Hoye and Alan Porter. Brian Gorman served as the replay official.
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