The National League lost the MLB All-Star Game for a sixth straight year, falling 8-6 in 10 innings to the American League on Tuesday.
It was like a flashback to last October when the 10th inning began with Ross Stripling on the mound to face a pair of Astros. It went poorly for Stripling and the NL.
Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers on consecutive pitches to give the AL a quick lead. Jean Segura and Mitch Moreland followed with singles and Segura would eventually come home on a sacrifice fly.
It was almost an exciting finish for the NL when they tied it in the ninth after being down 5-3 with one out. Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett smashed a line drive that ended up in the NL bullpen for a two-run homer.
Joey Votto did his best to bring the NL back in the bottom of the 10th, hitting a solo shot of his own.
The night didn’t go as planned for Stripling, taking the loss after giving up four hits and three runs in 1 2⁄3 innings. The right-hander entered with one out in the ninth and retired the two batters he faced in that frame. Coming back for the 10th turned out to be a disaster.
Stripling made a total of 39 pitches.
Matt Kemp got the start in left field for the National League, hitting fifth in the lineup for manager Dave Roberts. The 33-year-old was 1-for-2 with a double and a strikeout, playing five innings in the field.
After he doubled in the second, Kemp got a visit from future teammate (?) Manny Machado for a selfie (pictured above).
Dodger closer Kenley Jansen did not pitch in the game, but he had this view of Kemp’s double that he shared with the world.
Pregame and Fun
#NL, THE MAN (aka #Dodgers manager Dave Roberts) said “let’s win a baseball ⚾️ game.” Let’s keep this goin let’s goooooooooooo #KJ74atASG #AllStarGame @mlb @dodgers #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/mEvLtYCUrl— Kenley Jansen (@kenleyjansen74) July 18, 2018