Kris Bryant homers off Chris Sale in the first inning of the MLB All-Star Game
SAN DIEGO – On Monday he said that he would give his absolute best effort in his attempt to make a great first impression in his first career start in the Midsummer Classic.
Chris Sale did just that – except for one bad pitch to a fellow Chicago All-Star.
The White Sox pitcher allowed a first inning home run to Cubs third baseman and National League starter Kris Bryant to give his squad an early 1-0 lead the 87th MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night at Petco Park.
Bryant smashed the first pitch he saw – a 96 MPH fastball – into the first deck of seat in left field for the first Cubs hit and RBI in an All-Star game since Alfonso Soriano homered in the 9th inning of the 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco. It’s also the third baseman’s first All-Star game hit in his second appearance in the contest.
For Sale it’s just the second earned run allowed during his four career Midsummer Classic appearances.
Other than that the White Sox ace had a strong and quick effort on the mound. Sale got Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist to fly out in his second pitch of the inning and on the third got the Nationals’ Bryce Harper to ground out to second base. Bryant homered on the next pitch thrown by Sale but the pitcher settled down to strike out Wil Myers to end the inning.
Sale, as manager Ned Yost said he would on Monday, lifted Sale for Indians pitcher Corey Kluber.