New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton hit a solo to give the advantage and victory to the American League, which beat the National League 2-3 on Tuesday in the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
In this game held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (USA), Stanton sent the ball over the wall in the fourth inning between center and left field with the Dominican José Ramírez, of the Cleveland Guardians, in the bases.
Thus, he tied the actions at two runs against Dodgers right – hander Tony Gonsolin (0-1), who had no respite since immediately after Buxton placed the ball in the left field bleachers for the American to take the lead.
With his two-run hit in two at-bats, Stanton won the Ted William award, which distinguishes the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game (All-Star MVP).
“This is something incredible for me. My dad took me to my first Dodgers game and today we are here,” said Stanton, who grew up in Panorama City, California, USA, after receiving his recognition as MVP of this mid-season classic.
The victory went to Dominican Framber Valdez (1-0), who completed a scoreless inning, and the save was achieved by fellow Dominican Emmanuel Clase (1), who struck out all three batters who stopped at the plate in the ninth.
Gonsolin (0-1), who was tagged for three laps in one inning, took the loss.
With this victory, the American League accumulates nine consecutive victories since the 2013 edition and extended its historical advantage against the National (47-43, with two draws).
The baseball stars left their shine in Los Angeles and are now heading to T-Mobile Park in Seattle (USA), where the 2023 edition will be played.
KERSHAW, PROTAGONIST IN THE START
The game for the National League was started by veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw, one of the home favorites at Dodger Stadium.
Japanese Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels) hit the first pitch of the game with a hit and then was surprised at first on a turn by the star left-handed pitcher.
The National took the lead in the first inning when Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves) hit a double against Shane McClanahan (Tampa Bay Rays), who started for the American, and then scored on a single by Mookie Betts (Dodgers Los Angeles) to center field.
After the spectacular play for double elimination made by the combination of Tim Anderson (Chicago White Sox) and Venezuelan Andrés Giménez (Cleveland Guardians) on a hit by Dominican Manny Machado (San Diego Padres), Paul Goldschmidt (St. ) the ball disappeared from the park to extend the advantage to the team from the largest of the circuits (2-0).
Dominican Sandy Alcántara (Miami Marlins) pitched the second inning scoreless and struck out two batters for the National League while Joe Musgrove (San Diego Padres) completed the third inning for the same team with no runs and struck out two.
For the AL, Alek Manoah (Toronto Blue Jays) struck out the three batters he faced in the second inning and Dominican Framber Valdez (Houston Astros) had the third inning without setbacks.
The power of the AL bats said “present” in the fourth inning when Ramirez singled followed by back-to-back home runs by Stanton and Buxton to take the lead (2-3), off Gonsolin (0-1).
PICHEOS ARE IMPOSED
From this point on, the pitching of both teams was tight, keeping the game to a minimum.
Dominican Luis Castillo (Cincinnati Reds), Joe Mantiply (Arizona Diamondbacks), Devin Williams (Milwaukee Brewers), Ryan Helsley (Cardinals) and David Bednar (Pirates of Pittsburgh) took the mound for the National, who pitched an episode blank each.
For the American, Paul Blackburn (Oakland Athletics), Venezuelan Martín Pérez (Texas Rangers), Cuban Néstor Cortés (New York Yankees), Puerto Rican Jorge López (Baltimore Orioles), Dominican Gregory Soto (Tigres de Detroit), Clay Holmes (New York Yankees), Liam Hendriks (Chicago White Sox) and Emmanuel Clase (Cleveland Guardians) completed the tour of complete domination by the winners.
For the AL, Dominican José Ramírez (Cleveland Guardians) went 2-2 with a run scored, his compatriots Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays) and Julio Rodríguez (Seattle Mariners) went blank in two at-bats and the also Quisqueyano Santiago Espinal (Toronto Blue Jays) failed in a visit to the plate.
As for the Venezuelans, Andrés Giménez (Cleveland Guardians) finished hitless in two at-bats; Luis Arraez (Minnesota Twins) had a hit twice at bat and Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers) went 1-0.
Mexican Alejandro Kirk (Toronto Blue Jays) went blank twice at the plate.
For the National, Venezuelan Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves) hit a double and scored one in three visits to the plate while his compatriots Willson Contreras (Chicago Cubs) and his brother William Contreras (Atlanta Braves) finished 2-0 and a failure in turn, respectively.
Finally, the Dominican Juan Soto (Washington Nationals) did not register hits three times with the wood, his compatriot Manny Machado (San Diego Padres) failed in two and the also quisqueyano Albert Pujols (San Luis Cardinals) failed in one turn Exhausted.