American League wins the MLB All-Star Game for a 4th straight year
SAN DIEGO – The consequences of this game certainly were apparent to North Side fans and perhaps the South Side rooters as well.
After all the Cubs are in first place in the National League Central and one of the leading contenders for the pennant. The White Sox, while seven games out of the AL Central lead, are within striking distance of a Wild Card berth as the second half of the season begins at the end of this week.
The winner of Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game would hold home field advantage in the World Series. Since that rule was implemented in 2003 nine of the 13 World Series champions got their home field advantage through their league winning the Midsummer Classic. In the past 20 years only five teams without the benefit of more games on the schedule at home were still able to win the series.
In that same time one major trend is prevalent – the American League more than not has owned that advantage. Once again here in Chicago, White Sox fans had a chance to embrace a possible pick me up should the make it to October.
Oddly enough a pair of Royals helped to make that happen.
Home runs in the second inning by Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez were enough to push the American League All-Stars to a 4-2 win over the National League on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. It’s the fourth win in a row for the AL All-Stars and the 16th win in the last 19 games, giving the league champion home field advantage for the World Series in October.
Hosmer’s solo homer along with Perez’ two run shot off Giants pitcher and former teammate Johnny Cueto in the second ended up being the difference in the game. In the third inning Hosmer added another RBI on a single to left and helped him win the All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player award.
The National League, which got the early lead on a homer by Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant off White Sox pitcher Chris Sale, would only get one more run for the remainder of the game on RBI in the fourth inning by Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins.