The Best Moments of 2018 MLB All-Star Game
Another MLB All-Star break is in the books and it was a fun one. After a fantastic Home Run Derby on Monday, it was the 89th All-Star Game that brought us tons of action on Tuesday night. The American League took the victory (8-6), but there were some awesome moments from both teams.
Let’s take a look at some of the best moments from the game.
Aaron Judge Homering Off Max Scherzer
After pitching a brilliant, scoreless first inning, Washington’s Max Scherzer faced Aaron “All Rise” Judge for the first time this season. It… didn’t go how Scherzer would have wanted it to go. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Judge sent a pitch right down the middle deep out of the ballpark for the first run of the game.
Jose Altuve’s First All-Star Game Hit
Houston’s second baseman has been a batting champ three times but had never recorded a hit in an All-Star Game until this one. In the fifth inning, he smashed a single off Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola. Unfortunately, it didn’t result in anything, as Nola pitched an impressive scoreless inning. Still, it was wonderful to see Altuve get a well-deserved ASG hit.
Mike Trout, the Weatherman
Apparently, MLB’s best player also happens to be an amateur meteorologist. During a segment in which Trout was mic’d up in the outfield, he revealed his true love: meteorology. The man knows his stuff and he knows it to the point where FOX’s Ken Rosenthal actually consulted him about some inclement weather in the bottom of the sixth inning. Trout was asked, after a little rain in the ballpark, if he thought they the weather would allow them to get through the inning. He was confident (after looking at the weather radar on a TV screen in the dugout) that things would be fine. Fortunately, he was right.
Segura Smashes a 3-Run Homer Off Hader
In the eighth inning, Seattle’s Jean Segura took a pitch from Milwaukee’s ace Josh Hader deep for a 3-run home run to take a 5-2 lead. It was a moonshot that, honestly, shouldn’t have happened. On the prior pitch, Segura popped one up in foul territory that Cincy’s Joey Vatto chased down. Unfortunately, the ball bounced off his glove and into the dugout, resulting in an error– and three runs–for Vatto.
Scooter Gennett Ties It in the Ninth
With one out and a man on first, the NL All-Star (and Cincinnati Red) Scooter Gennett stepped up to the plate in a pinch-hitting scenario against Seattle’s Edwin Diaz. He crushed a home run deep to right field to tie the game and send it to extra innings. It was a phenomenal story for a kid bothered by recent injury who was claimed off of waivers by this Reds team back 2017. Despite being a waiver claim, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that he could make a clutch play like this considering he has 63 RBIs and 115 hits in 92 games this season.
Houston All-Stars Hit Back to Back Homers in 10th to Secure the Win
It was a short-lived tie game as Houston’s Alex Bregman hit a solo homer off of Ross Stripling to lead off the 10th. In the next at-bat, Bregman’s teammate George Springer hit his own solo shot off of Stripling. Just like that, the AL All-Stars retook the lead 7-5. It was just the 6th time that players hit back-to-back homers in an All-Star Game.
Honorable Mention: Bryce Harper Wins the Home Run Derby in His Home Park
For just the third time in the history of the Home Run Derby, a player won the event in his home ballpark. The Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper took home the 2018 trophy in dramatic fashion, hitting nine home runs (in 10 swings) over a less than 50 second span in order to tie Kyle Schwarber’s 18 in the final round. Then, thanks to his 30-second bonus, he homered off the second pitch from his father to win it all.
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(Cropped image courtesy of Geoff Livingston via Flickr.)