George Springer of the Houston Astros hits a home run during the tenth inning. (Tommy Gilligan/USA Today Sports)
The American League triumphed in a back-and-forth duel between long-ball hitters at MLB’s All-Star Game, the first in Washington in 49 years. Ten home runs were hit in total, including eight solo shots, but the Astros teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer provided the game-winning blows in the 10th inning for the AL team, which won for the sixth straight year.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer started the game for the NL and pitched two innings, giving up a home run to the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, the first of the night. Bryce Harper struck out in his only two plate appearances.
Find highlights and in-game updates below.
The American League didn’t waste any time retaking the lead in the top of the 10th. On back-to-back solo home runs. Who’s surprised?
The Astros’ Alex Bregman and George Springer were the ones to do it, becoming the first teammates with back-to-back homers since 1975. Michael Brantley hit a sacrifice fly to score another run, the only non-homer run of the night.
Cincinnati’s Joey Votto started an NL rally with a solo shot of his own, the eight of the night, but his fellow all-stars couldn’t finish it. The American League wins the All-Star Game for the sixth straight year.
Teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back HR in the 10th. They're the 2nd set of teammates with back-to-back HR in the All-Star Game (Dodgers teammates Steve Garvey and Jimmy Wynn did it in the 1975 All-Star Game).
Oh, and Joey Votto just hit HR number 10.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 18, 2018
The Padres’ Brad Hand pitched a scoreless ninth to give the NL a shot. In the bottom of the ninth, the Reds’ Scooter Gennett seized the opportunity, launching the seventh homer of the night into the bullpen in right field with a runner on first off Edwin Diaz. We’re headed to extras.
TIE GAME. pic.twitter.com/gXfZeYtFKl— All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) July 18, 2018
After Jean Segura, who made it into the All-Star Game as a final-vote winner after the Mariners pulled off a brilliant three-day marketing blitz, launched a ball over the left field wall with runners on first and second to give the AL a three-run lead, the Brewers’ Christian Yelich hit the fifth solo homer of the night. The AL still leads 5-3.
Assuming Segura stays in the game and plays SS, he's the third SS to have 3+ RBIs in an ASG (Cal Ripken, 1991; Arky Vaughan, 1941) https://t.co/94pcyFfwfG— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 18, 2018
Felipe Vazquez worked a scoreless top of the seventh for the NL. And then Trevor Story hit the fourth solo shot of the night to tie the game up 2-2.
STORY TIME! ALL TIED UP. pic.twitter.com/iojcyn2GVV— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 18, 2018
Trevor Story off RHP Charlie Morton - 106.7 mph, 20 degrees (375 ft Home Run)
97.8 mph Four-Seamer
AL @ NL (B7) pic.twitter.com/uWDSmdWERd— MLBBarrelAlert (@MLBBarrelAlert) July 18, 2018
There was little action for either league at the plate, but moments after a dugout interview with Manny Machado, Fox’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the shortstop is headed to the Dodgers.
Can report with more certainty: Machado to #Dodgers happening. Among remaining questions, in addition to specifics of return beyond OF Yusniel Diaz: How much money, if any, #Orioles will send #Dodgers to secure a better package and help ease LAD’s luxury-tax concerns.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 18, 2018
Told a Machado trade still isn't "done." Asked whether it could be by tomorrow. "It could have been tomorrow for the last 2 weeks." So yeah, anytime now. All-Star Game has been a complication, of course #orioles— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) July 18, 2018
Before the inning began, MLB had its Stand Up to Cancer moment, when players, fans, umpires, executives and media members stand and hold customized placards that read “I Stand Up For” above the name of a loved one who is battling or has battled cancer.
Storms began closing in on Nats Park. On the field, Yadier Molina nearly joined the impromptu home run derby, but his solo shot fell just short in center field.
Nothing for either side in the inning, though, and the game remains 2-1.
Matt Kemp, wearing a mic in the outfield, was prodded about the Manny Machado-Dodgers rumors. He swore ignorance. Vet move.
Bryce Harper got up for his second at-bat. Exciting! But . . . he struck out looking. He thought he was getting the walk.
Bryce Harper has now struck out 2 times in an All-Star Game twice (also 2015). All other players in Nationals/Expos franchise history have combined to do that....twice.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 18, 2018
Aaron Judge got the solo party started in the second, and Mike Trout went deep off Jacob deGrom in the third. And it drove home this fact: Mike Trout is good.
Mike Trout gets in on the HR party ✌️ pic.twitter.com/MCqey7rRZO— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 18, 2018
Alfonso Soriano: 3
Mike Trout: 2
Mike Piazza: 2
Barry Bonds: 2
Andruw Jones: 2
Roberto Alomar: 2— Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) July 18, 2018
That's Mike Trout's 2nd career #AllStarGame HRJuly 18, 2018
In All-Star Games, against elite of the elite pitching, Mike Trout is now 7-for-14 with two homers and five extra-base hits, 3 BBs, and 2 Ks. So, against All-Star pitchers, he's Mike Trout.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 18, 2018
Wilson Contreras then got one back for the National League, off the first pitch from Blake Snell of Tampa Bay.
In his first All-Star AB, WILLSON goes yard. pic.twitter.com/34TWL8y3o8— All-Star Game (@AllStarGame) July 18, 2018
Aaron Judge whacked a homer off Scherzer for the first run of the game. Interview later in the game, Scherzer said after pitching against Judge for the first time, “I learned my lesson” and cited the hitter’s height as a challenge.
ALL RISE IN THE ALL STAR GAME.
Aaron Judge goes YARD off Max Scherzer. pic.twitter.com/O7KsG13Tx4— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 18, 2018
Other than that, Scherzer kept doing Scherzer things.
Pitchers in the last 30 years to start the #AllStarGame and strike out 4+:
1999 Pedro Martinez
2015 Zack Greinke
2018 Max Scherzer https://t.co/dpY2jLNMtD— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 18, 2018
Harper, meanwhile, stepped into the box for the first time . . . and struck out swinging.
Everyone immediately on their feet for Harper first AB pic.twitter.com/JNUi9baedF— Mike Hume (@MikeHumePost) July 18, 2018
That doesn’t change that Bryce made some history, just by stepping into the batter’s box.
5 #AllStarGame starts thru age-25:
Ken Griffey Jr.
Pudge RodriguezJuly 18, 2018
After the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp doubled to start the bottom of the second inning for the NL, he was greeted at the bag by the Orioles’ Manny Machado — who proceeded to pull out a phone and take a selfie of the two of them.
The moment was amusing, except perhaps for Baltimore fans who were treated to a slew of pre-game reports that Machado was all but set to be traded to Los Angeles. If true, was the highly coveted infielder just getting a head start on building some friendships in the Dodgers’ locker room?
seeing that machado/kemp selfie pic.twitter.com/XPpkfg6DBx— NBC Sports Orioles (@NBCSOrioles) July 18, 2018
During the bottom of the second inning, with the National League at the plate, Fox’s Joe Buck had the opportunity to interview Mike Trout — who was playing centerfield at the time, while wearing a mic. At one point, Buck asked the seven-time All-Star if he enjoyed participating in the Midsummer Classic.
“Come on, now, that’s a bad question,” Trout replied. That instantly earned him the admiration of the non-zero segment of baseball fans who aren’t in love with Buck’s announcing style, but hey, at least he didn’t tell Buck it was a “clown question.”
“Come on now, that’s a bad question.” - @MikeTrout mic’d up live to Joe Buck when asked if he has fun at the All Star Game. TROUT YOU ARE A TREASURE. 😂— Alexa Datt (@AlexaDatt) July 18, 2018
(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Scherzer came out throwing heat.
Scherzer just hit 98. Davey said he'd be mad at Max if suddenly he saw 98 on the gun after only seeing 97 all year.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 18, 2018
Scherzer starts Betts with two 96 mph fastballs.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 18, 2018
That was some '99 Pedro type stuff for a minute there. Nationals Park was on fire. Max Scherzer popped up Jose Ramirez to strand two and walked off the mound like a serial killer.— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) July 18, 2018
This is Max Scherzer's third multi-strikeout #AllStarGame, matching the career totals of, among others, Randy Johnson, Warren Spahn, and Roger Clemens https://t.co/fhFuAa8lsZ pic.twitter.com/kq4wRjwKiv— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 18, 2018
Chris Sale then had himself an inning, as well.
Sale hit 101, according to the radar gun.— Chelsea Janes (@chelsea_janes) July 18, 2018
You may have heard reports that Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado will be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. After all, MLB retweeted the dang report.
Anyhow, this — and a chat with Dodgers all-star Matt Kemp — led to memes. Memes on memes.
"So, is In-N-Out even any good?"
"Yeah bro, there's even a secret menu and everything." pic.twitter.com/46VHANxNWP— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 17, 2018
"Do you want to bat before me or behind me with in Los Angeles?" pic.twitter.com/Z9hGy1PqsW— SB Nation MLB (@SBNationMLB) July 18, 2018
"Siri search 'homes near Dodger Stadium'" pic.twitter.com/UDBPHizs2i— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 18, 2018
Moving on . . . how ’bout that weather?
Heavy rain began falling around 3 p.m. Tuesday across the Washington area, and the temperature dropped 12 degrees downtown, according to the Capital Weather Gang. The (blank white tarp) was on the field at Nationals Park, which was included in the deluge.
It might be impossible for the game to top Monday night’s Home Run Derby, when Bryce Harper rediscovered some of his swagger and his smile, and was rewarded with a Derby title and roars from an adoring crowd. Here’s The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes:
The Home Run Derby doesn’t matter. That he won it says nothing about his swing, about what numbers he might put up in the second half, about how much money he’ll get in free agency, about any of that stuff everyone has talked about for months. But that he enjoyed it — truly, legitimately, no-holds-barred enjoyed it — meant something to everyone who watched him. In four years, Harper has not looked as genuinely joyful he did Monday night. In four years, Harper has not spoken with as much emotion as he did Monday night, when he teared up during the news conference afterward.
In past years, MLB held an All-Star Game parade on the afternoon of the game. But attendance at last year’s parade in Miami was, shall we say, suboptimal, so the league has done away with it. However, it still put on its pregame Red Carpet Show, where players entered the stadium on, yes, a red carpet.
Manny Machado's so Hollywood. pic.twitter.com/G2Qj9ORFcO— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 17, 2018
Game information and lineups
When: Tuesday, 8 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.).
Where: Nationals Park.
Nationals ace Max Scherzer will start in his home ballpark, while Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale gets the nod for the American League.
Max Scherzer will be the 6th pitcher in the expansion era (since 1961) to start the All-Star Game at his home park and the first since Matt Harvey at Citi Field in 2013.
Scherzer started opposite Harvey in that game. pic.twitter.com/xDqlh4hTzR— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 17, 2018
The full lineups:
- Mookie Betts (Red Sox) — RF
- Jose Altuve (Astros) — 2B
- Mike Trout (Angels) — CF
- J.D. Martinez (Red Sox) — DH
- Jose Ramirez (Indians) — 3B
- Aaron Judge (Yankees) — LF
- Manny Machado (Orioles) — SS
- Jose Abreu (White Sox) — 1B
- Salvador Perez (Royals) — C
- Javier Baez (Cubs) — 2B
- Nolan Arenado (Rockies) — 3B
- Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks) — DH
- Freddie Freeman (Braves) — 1B
- Matt Kemp (Dodgers) — LF
- Bryce Harper (Nationals) — CF
- Nick Markakis (Braves) — RF
- Brandon Crawford (Giants) — SS
- Willson Contreras (Cubs) — C
Must-reads ahead of the MLB All-Star Game:
> Sports stadiums — expensive and controversial wherever they’re built — rarely live up to their promise as engines of economic growth. But when Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game comes to Washington on Tuesday night, it will be played in the sport’s most successful new market in decades. After a 33-year absence, baseball’s return to Washington has forged a new fan following, expanded the city’s tax base and sparked the build-out of a part of town most people barely knew existed. For all the success around
Nationals Park, has it created other issues? ( >Read Marc Fisher’s full story
>Read Marc Fisher’s full story)
> When the All-Star Game is in your town, your home ballpark, swathed in a week-long celebration, it still is a knockout event. And it will be again this year — in Nationals Park. ( >Read Thomas Boswell’s full column
>Read Thomas Boswell’s full column)
> Max Scherzer was never destined to stomp around the grounds of major league stadiums, never a can’t-miss talent who would have disappointed everyone had he turned out merely mortal. Mediocrity never disappointed Scherzer, either. It motivated him, over and over, until he had all but eradicated it from his baseball life. ( >Read Chelsea Janes’s full story
>Read Chelsea Janes’s full story)
> Entering 2018, there were 25 living humans who had represented Washington as selections for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. They are the living links to Washington’s all-star history, and these are their stories and memories. ( >Read Dave Sheinin’s full story
>Read Dave Sheinin’s full story)
Bryce Harper is in the awkward position of being the most talked-about star on the host team for this All-Star Game largely because he might be headed elsewhere after this season — but also because so much will be expected of him here. ( >Read Chelsea Janes’s full story
>Read Chelsea Janes’s full story)
> As thrilling and productive as
Mike Trout can be on a diamond, he also represents an obstacle baseball faces. Trout captures and exceeds the imagination of baseball’s adherents, but owing to his prerogative, mitigating individual circumstances and the inherent nature of the game, he has not broken through in any broader way. MLB must grapple with an uncomfortable, perhaps unavoidable dilemma: Trout is the ultimate all-star, and yet he is not a star. ( >Read Adam Kilgore’s full story
>Read Adam Kilgore’s full story)
> It was a year ago at this time, around the 2017 All-Star Game at Miami’s Marlins Park, that
Aaron Judge was anointed — by the media, a handful of his fellow all-stars and even Commissioner Rob Manfred — as the new face of baseball. What happened over the rest of 2017 did little to dampen Judge’s stature or celebrity. (
> There was a time, not long ago at all, when it appeared
Matt Kemp would never make a third All-Star Game. But Tuesday night at Nationals Park, Kemp will retake his place among the best players in the sport, starting in left field and batting fifth for the National League. Between appearances in the Midsummer Classic, Kemp was traded three times, gained weight, fell into irrelevance, returned to the Dodgers as a salary dump and lost about 50 pounds. Once one of the sport’s brightest lights, he is now, at 33, one of its most unlikely all-stars. (
> As Washington’s first All-Star Game in nearly half a century approaches, we will hear about so many of baseball’s problems. These are real and must be dealt with, but as we frame the discourse about the issues with the current game and the potential solutions that must follow, let’s also make sure we find what’s worth celebrating — namely, the players. The game might be ailing. But the players are awesome. ( >Read Barry Svrluga’s full column
>Read Barry Svrluga’s full column)
> Because of a three-day sprint for the Mariners’ marketing and communications staff, one that included dozens of giveaways, events and outside-the-box ideas to promote
Jean Segura, the shortstop is an all-star. (
> Finally, we created custom all-star baseball cards. Open a pack or two and see who you get. ( >Open here
All-Star Monday (Home Run Derby):
- Did Bryce Harper and his dad cheat at the Home Run Derby? This is dumb.
- Thanks, Bryce: Harper’s Home Run Derby triumph means $1 tickets for fast-acting Nats fans
- Boswell: D.C. waited awhile for a seat at baseball’s big table. It was worth it.
- At the Home Run Derby, Bryce Harper and D.C. fell back in love — at least for one night
- At All-Star Game, Bryce Harper wins HR Derby, talks pending free agency
- Relive Bryce Harper’s Home Run Derby walk-off win frame by frame
- How not to catch a ball at the Home Run Derby
- These are the five keys to winning the Home Run Derby
- The biggest moment from the Home Run Derby could be on a T-shirt by the end of the night
- MLB’s Home Run Derby is down to warning-track star power
All-Star Sunday (Futures Games and Legends & Celebrity Softball Game):
- Baseball has entered the Golden Age of the Prospect
- Boswell: Prospect Carter Kieboom’s talent might force Nationals into some difficult decisions
- At MLB Futures Game, Nationals’ Carter Kieboom gives fans a look ahead
- Three takeaways from the MLB Futures Game at Nationals Park
- Stars suit up for Legends and Celebrity Softball game at MLB All-Star Sunday
- At MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, a mix of silly and seriousness
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