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2015 MLB All-Star Game

Jul 14, 2015, 3:45 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

CINCINNATI — It’s tough to imagine anything that happens tonight topping what happened during last night’s Home Run Derby, but this is the MLB All-Star Game, and you never really know what may transpire once you put all these great players together on one field. And then you add Pete Rose to the mix for tonight’s pregame ceremonies, and … well, it’s probably worth tuning in for that alone.

As for the game itself, Bryce Harper will be front-and-center, batting third and starting in right field. He’s in his third Midsummer Classic, but he’s still seeking his first hit, having gone 0-for-3 with a walk previously. You’ve got to believe he wants to change that tonight.

With Max Scherzer watching from the dugout, it’ll be Zack Greinke taking the mound for the National League, facing left-hander Dallas Keuchel of the Astros. Should be a lot of fun. Plenty of updates to come right here…

2015 MLB ALL-STAR GAME
AMERICAN LEAGUE vs. NATIONAL LEAGUE

Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
Gametime: 8 p.m. EDT
TV: Fox, MLB.tv
Radio: 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM, 980 AM, XM 89
Weather: Chance of storms, 77 degrees, Wind 11 mph out to CF

AMERICAN LEAGUE
CF Mike Trout, LAA
3B Josh Donaldson, TOR
1B Albert Pujols, LAA
DH Nelson Cruz, SEA
RF Lorenzo Cain, KC
LF Adam Jones, BAL
C Salvador Perez, KC
2B Jose Altuve, HOU
SS Alcides Escobar, KC
(LHP Dallas Keuchel, HOU)

NATIONAL LEAGUE
CF Andrew McCutchen, PIT
3B Todd Frazier, CIN
RF Bryce Harper, WSH
1B Paul Goldschmidt, AZ
C Buster Posey, SF
DH Anthony Rizzo, CHC
SS Jhonny Peralta, STL
LF Joc Pederson, LAD
2B D.J. LeMahieu, COL
(RHP Zack Greinke, LAD)

UMPIRES
HP Tim Welke
1B Jerry Meals
2B Paul Schrieber
3B Ron Kulpa
LF James Hoye
RF Alan Porter

8:32 p.m. — And we are underway at long last after a lengthy but stirring pregame ceremony. They honored the Reds’ “Franchise Four,” which included Pete Rose, who took the field to a huge roar as expected. And then they introduced the four greatest living players, with Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Sandy Koufax and Willie Mays taking the field together to a humongous roar. And now the NL has taken the field and Zack Greinke has thrown a fastball to Mike Trout for strike one and the 86th Midsummer Classic is officially underway.

8:48 p.m. — Well, that’s certainly one way to get this thing going. Trout led off the game with a homer, an opposite-field shot on a 1-2 pitch from Greinke. It’s the first leadoff homer in the All-Star Game since Bo Jackson’s famous blast in Anaheim in 1989. And get this: Trout has now hit for the natural cycle in his first at-bat in each All-Star Game. In 2012, he singled in his first at-bat. In 2013, he doubled. In 2014, he tripled. And he just now homered. Which means next year, he’ll … uh, not sure how to figure that one out. The NL went down in order in the bottom of the first, with Bryce Harper working the count full before grounding to third. Harper hustled down the line but couldn’t quite beat Josh Donaldson’s throw. So it’s 1-0 AL after one.

9:09 p.m. — This game is now tied after two innings, thanks to a Donaldson throwing error that put a runner in scoring position and then a 2-out bloop single to right by Jhonny Peralta. The Cincinnati crowd, which has been booing anything and everything remotely connected to St. Louis the last 48 hours, actually cheered for that, perhaps not knowing how exactly to react. So it’s 1-1 after two.

9:27 p.m. — Oh, well, we won’t get a Bryce Harper-Felix Hernandez showdown tonight. That’s because King Felix retired the side in the top of the third, leaving Harper now to lead off the fourth, apparently vs. David Price. In other breaking news: Gerrit Cole struck out Mike Trout on one of the filthiest sliders you’ll ever see. Wow. Still 1-1 after three.

9:47 p.m. — Tough matchups for Harper tonight. He had to face a tough lefty in Keuchel in the first inning and now he had to face a really tough lefty in Price in the fourth inning. Price managed to get him to whiff at a 1-2 changeup down and away. So that leaves Harper 0-for-2 tonight and 0-for-4 with a walk in his All-Star Game career. Still 1-1 after four.

10:02 p.m. — The AL takes a 3-1 lead in the fifth thanks to a flurry of clutch hits off Clayton Kershaw of all people. Prince Fielder sent a 2-out RBI knock to left, then Lorenzo Cain added an RBI double to pad the lead. So the NL faces an uphill battle now, though Harper is going to get another at-bat in the sixth against Chris Archer.

10:28 p.m. — Actually, Harper had to face his third lefty of the night, the Orioles’ Zach Britton. He just missed a double down the left-field line and then wound up striking out on a 2-2 breaking ball down and away. So Harper ends up 0-for-3 with 2 strikeouts tonight. The NL has cut the lead to 3-2, though, thanks to McCutchen’s leadoff homer to open the sixth.

10:46 p.m. — Manny Machado delivers a big insurance run for the AL, doubling to deep right-center in the top of the seventh. Then Fielder added a sac fly for more insurance. That makes it 5-2 Americans and puts some added pressure on the NL to produce two runs over the final three innings against some very tough AL relievers.

10:58 p.m. — Still 5-2 after Dellin Betances pitches a scoreless bottom of the seventh. It’s looking tougher and tougher for the NL right now.

11:19 p.m. — The AL is trying to turn this into a rout. Brian Dozier goes deep in the top of the eighth to make it 6-2.

11:35 p.m. — That’ll do it. AL wins 6-3. They’ll have home-field advantage in the World Series for the third straight year.

  1. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 14, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    And then you add Pete Rose to the mix for tonight’s pregame ceremonies, and … well, it’s probably worth tuning in for that alone.

    But will Jim Gray be there? Enquiring minds need to know that.

  2. NatsLady - Jul 14, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    I’ll say this for Bochy: only one player from the defending World Champions is starting. That’s some NL lineup. (The AL ain’t bad either. Is is my imagination or were there fewer no-shows that usual?)

    • NatsLady - Jul 14, 2015 at 4:24 PM

      *than (No edit function here in Fargo…)

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 14, 2015 at 5:08 PM

        I agree. Seemed like fewer last-few-days replacements.

    • zmunchkin - Jul 14, 2015 at 4:29 PM

      He has very little control over the starters – except for the replacements. So I am not sure I understand what your point is NL.

      • nats128 - Jul 14, 2015 at 4:37 PM

        Z-

        Right, besides Posey the only control he had was the starting pitcher and Bumgarner didnt have a great 1st half and replacing injured players like Dee Gordon and he went with the Colorado player instead of Panik and I think he replaced Giancarlo Stanton with Joc Pederson where there wasnt a decent Giants outfielder this year with Pence injured most of the season.

        Bochy put on every Giant he could get away with reasonably and they have 4 players in Posey, Panik, Crawford and Bumgarner. How many Nats on there? I don’t see Storen, JZ or Escobar and all have cases.

  3. rlndtln - Jul 14, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    The great Pete Rose 4296 hits and no second chance.

    • jfmii - Jul 14, 2015 at 4:53 PM

      He could hit. And was always somewhat of a boorish dope. I thought his collision with Fosse in the all star game was so wrong–so unnecessary–essentially knocked him out for the season

    • adcwonk - Jul 14, 2015 at 5:14 PM

      Shoeless Joe Jackson — lifetime BA of .356 and no second chance.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 14, 2015 at 6:28 PM

      Josh Gibson. Maybe the best ever. Not even a first chance.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 14, 2015 at 6:49 PM

        +1

  4. jfmii - Jul 14, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    nats128, I think the Stroren snub is particularly offensive

    • nats128 - Jul 14, 2015 at 5:00 PM

      Yes, and if JZ had a decent game on Saturday he would have been a big snub as his numbers were better than a few pitchers that made it including Bumgarner.

      Storen is the one that sticks out.

      • virginiascopist - Jul 14, 2015 at 5:14 PM

        Especially now with Trevor Rosenthal being scratched.

      • nats128 - Jul 14, 2015 at 5:19 PM

        They had a great chance when Scherzer was set to pitch on Sunday to replace him with Storen. Based on stats, Storen deserved it.

      • natslive - Jul 14, 2015 at 6:30 PM

        While I think you can make a case for Storen I believe the pick of Kershaw to replace Max was the correct one.

      • natslive - Jul 14, 2015 at 6:35 PM

        Or maybe even Cueto….

  5. jfmii - Jul 14, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Need to spell to post. Storen

  6. masterfishkeeper - Jul 14, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Interesting that the NL starting 2B has a lower WAR than Espinosa. Espinosa’s had a good year thus far.

  7. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Franchise four are all from the NL.

    • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 14, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      So, greatest living AL player?

      • Section 222 - Jul 14, 2015 at 8:50 PM

        Pedro?

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 14, 2015 at 8:54 PM

        Not exclusively AL, of course, but then that means less now. Not a bad pick. Rickey played in the AL most of his career.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 14, 2015 at 8:58 PM

        Just thinking out loud, so to speak

        on the list somewhere:
        The Jax
        maybe Ripkin
        Clemens, even with the B-12

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2015 at 9:01 PM

        Nolan Ryan?

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 14, 2015 at 9:04 PM

        Nolan Ryan.

  8. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 14, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    Frank Thomas
    Molitor
    Brett
    Rodney
    Jim Palmer
    Brooks Robinson

  9. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 14, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Molina: “How do you like me NOW?”

  10. rlndtln - Jul 14, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    Greinke throw 40 pitches now Kershaw in the game.Maybe we can miss one of these guys.

  11. Section 222 - Jul 14, 2015 at 10:05 PM

    Ok, I know it’s the ASG, and it means nothing. But Bruce, I don’t care if he’s Kershaw, when he gives up an RBI hit, he should be done. You’ve got a bullpen full of fire throwers who aren’t going to pitch otherwise. But hey, I’m happy to see him labor. Can he pitch on three days rest on Saturday? Greinke certainly isn’t going to.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 14, 2015 at 11:06 PM

      Two innings pitched in the ASG is equivalent to the bullpen session a pitcher throws between starts. Both Greinke and Kershaw will pitch this weekend. Count on it.

      • Section 222 - Jul 15, 2015 at 12:51 AM

        Equivalent? Max didn’t think so. Last year, Kershaw pitched an 11 pitch inning in the ASG on 4 days rest after his previous start. He then didn’t start until Sunday, thus pitching again on regular rest.

        Granted this is a big series with the Nats, but I’m not so sure Mattingly will risk pitching both of his aces so soon after the ASG, especially since neither of them had a quick or easy outing.

  12. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 14, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Like I said, pass on K-Rod. Lucky that he’s only given up 2 runs.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jul 14, 2015 at 11:16 PM

      I’m guessing even the Brewers fans were not pushing for him to get into the game.

  13. rlndtln - Jul 14, 2015 at 10:47 PM

    I guess we may have to win game 7 in the WS on the road.

    • dhamm6500 - Jul 14, 2015 at 11:13 PM

      Let’s just win it in 5 and make this All Star Game Counts silliness a moot point.

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