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Mike Trout Leads AL To 6-3 All-Star Win; Earns MVP

(mlb.com)

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The 2015 MLB All-Star Game took place at Great American Ballpark, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night in front of a packed crowd. This year’s All-Star Game set a few records as well. Thirty-three players made their first All-Star appearance and both rosters represented six countries. This game also saw the most ever All-Star that were twenty-five years old and younger with 20 and six starters were also twenty-five years of age and younger.

L.A. Dodgers’ right-hander Zack Greinke (8-2, 1.39) started the night for the National League team and gave up a solo homerun to lead-off hitter Mike Trout to give the American League team an early 1-0 lead.

Greinke went on to pitch the first two innings with the hit by Trout the only he allowed; striking out four batters.

In the bottom of the second the National League team tied the game at one with a RBI single by the Cardinals’ Jhonny Peralta to send home Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt.

The Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel took the start for the AL squad pitching the first two innings, allowing the tying run and two hits; striking out just one.

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Geritt Cole went to the mound for the third inning, with no hits or runs allowed and Giants’ Ace Madison Bumgarner pitched a clean fourth inning with just one hit allowed.

As for the American League pitching lineup, the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez  pitched  a perfect third inning and the Tigers’ David Price pitched a perfect fourth inning, striking out two batters.

In the top of the fifth the AL took the lead back as Clayton Kershaw took the mound for the NL, first with a RBI single by Prince Fielder to send home Trout, then a RBI double by the Royals’ Lorenzo Cain on a ground ball to left to send home Albert Pujols.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen hit a solo homer on a fly ball to left off of the Rays’ Chris Archer to decrease the deficit and make it a 3-2 ballgame.

But, the American League wasn’t done just yet as Manny Machado hit a RBI double in the top of the seventh off the Brewers’ Francisco Rodriguez to send home Brock Holt of the Red Sox. Fielder then hit a sac fly to get Machado home and make it 5-2.

In the top of the eighth the Pirates’ Mark Melcanon allowed a solo homerun by the Twins’ Brian Dozier making it 6-2.

The Reds Aroldis Chapman impressed in the top of the ninth as he reached speeds of 103mph on two pitches as he struck out the side.

In the top of the ninth, the Twins’ Glen Perkins gave up a triple to Ryan Braun to lead off the inning, he then scored off a sac fly by the Giants’ Brandon Crawford for a 6-3 final score, the most runs scored by the American League since 2005.

With this win, the American league has now secured home field advantage for the World Series which will definitely be an advantage for the deserving team that makes it to play in October.

David Price earned the win for the AL as Kershaw was listed as the losing pitcher for the NL.

Making History:

-At just twenty-three years old, Mike Trout earned the Ted Williams‘ All-Star Game MVP Award for the second straight year, the first time ever that this has happened.

-He is just the fifth multiple winner of the award.

-In his four All-Star appearances he has now hit for the cycle: (2012-single, 2013-double, 2014-triple, 2015-homerun).

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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