There was an at-bat interrupted by a cellphone photograph. There was the previously disgraced Alex Rodriguez, rehabilitated for the position of interviewing gamers as they warmed up between innings. There have been proper fielders sporting microphones on the sector, chatting with nationwide tv announcers between pitches.
The All-Star recreation has been restored to its rightful place as a real exhibition recreation, and this one was an exhibition of baseball circa 2017: house runs and strikeouts, making baseball enjoyable once more among the many yawn-inducing parade of strikeouts.
Robinson Cano hit the house run that gained the sport, a solo shot off Wade Davis within the tenth inning, powering the American League to a 2-1 victory. The host Miami Marlins introduced a sellout, however tickets at face worth nonetheless have been out there late Tuesday afternoon, and the ballpark was quiet and half-empty by the point Cano hit his recreation-profitable residence run.
The AL tied the Nationwide League within the all-time collection forty three-forty three, with two ties. The AL gained for the fifth consecutive All-Star recreation.
Yadier Molina additionally hit a house run, additionally a solo shot. Of the 30 outs made by the profitable staff, 14 got here by strikeout.
Within the ninth inning, when the AL had what would have been the go-forward run at second base with none out towards Dodgers nearer Kenley Jansen, the subsequent three batters struck out.
That might-be profitable run acquired to 3rd base when Jansen was charged a balk for a fast pitch, a sin to which he readily admitted with a smile in the course of the recreation and in an interview after the sport.
“You’re simply having enjoyable on the market, messing with the hitter,” Jansen stated. “I set as much as fast-pitch him and I forgot concerning the runner at second base. It was embarrassing.”
Jansen joked that he was making an attempt to develop into the primary Dodger to balk in an All-Star recreation. That honor is now his.
There could possibly be no higher expression of the enjoyment with which gamers regard the sport — with nothing at stake — than the second when Seattle’s Nelson Cruz approached residence plate within the sixth inning.
He had a bat in his hand and a cellphone in his pocket. Cruz handed the telephone to Molina, the catcher, who appeared a bit surprised however nonetheless agreed to take an image.
“That was bizarre,” Molina stated. “I used to be confused.”
Cruz then put his arm round plate umpire Joe West, who smiled sheepishly. This was the All-Star recreation for the Instagram era.
“I assumed it was fairly humorous,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner stated. “I feel everyone loved it, besides perhaps the man pitching.
“I’m simply glad it wasn’t Kersh [Clayton Kershaw] pitching when that occurred. He doesn’t like to attend.”
On this yr of the house run, it took the sport’s greatest hitters six innings to lastly mild up the garish sculpture past the outfield wall, that psychedelic monstrosity topped by a tilting marlin.
The one run to that time had come on a bloop single, an entirely unfair mark towards the All-Star ledger of Alex Wooden.
That Wooden was right here was a hit in itself, and a shock. Once they broke camp, the Dodgers didn’t contemplate him certainly one of their greatest 5 beginning pitchers. But right here he was, within the All-Star recreation, chosen as one of many seven greatest starters within the Nationwide League.
The fifth inning can be his. He obtained the primary batter on one pitch, the second on two pitches. Jonathan Schoop doubled, however no massive deal. Yet one more out, and a scoreless fifth inning would make for a pleasant All-Star debut for Wooden.
He received a pop fly from Miguel Sano. The ball hit the bottom past first base and simply inside he foul line, as three members of the Washington Nationals — first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, econd baseman Daniel Murphy and proper fielder Bryce Harper —– converged.
Wooden stated he “wasn’t shocked by any means” that the ball fell, as a result of outfielders play deeper towards one of the best hitters, and this recreation was filled with them. He didn’t assume Dodgers teammate Yasiel Puig, an distinctive defensive proper fielder, would have caught it.
“We had a reasonably good proper fielder on the market tonight,” Wooden stated. “Puig in all probability doesn’t get there both.”
Wooden had finished his job. He acquired the pop fly. Robust play, however a run-scoring single nonetheless. His All-Star recreation ERA would stand at 9.00, not zero.00.
“Good factor it doesn’t rely,” Wooden stated.
Certainly, this time it doesn’t.
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