American League defeats National League in All-Star Game
07/15/2014 11:11 PM
Five Cincinnati Reds suited up for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night — Todd Frazier, Alfredo Simon, Aroldis Chapman, Devin Mesoraco and Johnny Cueto. All of the Reds except Cueto saw playing time.
This season being Derek Jeter’s retirement year means this was his final All-Star Game. Mike Trout knocked in Jeter for the first run of the game. Trout was just three years old when Jeter made his MLB debut in May of 1995. Just before the top of the fourth inning Tuesday night, Jeter left the 2014 All-Star Game to a roaring ovation from the sell-out crowd and his fellow All-Stars. It was truly a classy moment for a baseball great in his 14th and final All-Star Game.
The first Red to hit the field was Alfredo Simon, who took the mound and pitched a scoreless third inning. He gave up only one hit, a leadoff single by Derek Jeter.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Devin Mesoraco replaced Jonathan Lucroy to catch for the National League team.
Lucroy hit an RBI double to make it 3-3 in the top of the 4th. But Mike Trout’s double and Jose Altuve’s sacrifice fly re-took the lead for the American League, 5-3 in the 5th inning.
Todd Frazier entered the game at 3rd base for the National League in the bottom of the 6th inning. In the top of the 8th, he came to the plate with 2 outs and the tying run on first, but was walked. The National League team left that inning scoreless and still trailing 5-3.
Later in the 8th, another Red entered the game as Aroldis Chapman took the mound. On his three final pitches to get his final out, Chapman threw 101, 101 and 102 mph pitches. He faced two batters and retired both. Chapman appeared to be limping after covering first base; he has been regularly icing ever since his hamstring started bothering him last week.
Cincinnati players finished the game with no hits. The last Reds player to get a hit in an All-Star Game was Scott Rolen in 2010.
The final was 5-3 with the American League getting the win and clinching home field advantage for the World Series. The AL has won nine of the last 12 All-Star Games. The youngest player in the game, Angels’ Mike Trout, was named MVP.
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