However, in a battle of first-time All-Stars, Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett trumped Seattle Mariners closer Edwin Diaz by hitting a clutch two-run homer to tie the ballgame at 5-5 and force extra innings. Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras blasted Blake Snell's first pitch of the game for a solo shot to left field.
Chris Sale started the game for the American League and needed just nine pitches for a scoreless inning. Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story stepped in to face Astros hurler Charlie Morton in the bottom of the seventh inning. Bregman hit a home run in the 10th inning to break a 5-5 tie.
His Astros teammate George Springer followed with another homer off Stripling.
While the power display entertained the fans who stuck around for the end of the 3-hour, 34-minute game, the one-dimensional exhibition won't allay any concerns about a sport that's becoming defined by home runs, strikeouts and walks.
In his first All-Star Game appearance, the MVP award went to Alex Bregman, a strong infield player who was instrumental in winning his AL Houston Astros the 2017 World Series (against the NL's Los Angeles Dodgers).
Barack Obama Slams 'Strongman Politics' Without Directly Attacking President Trump
This was Obama's first trip to Africa since leaving office in 2017. Which leads us to this week's nostalgic Barack Obama news.
"There's a great love affair with both results".
That was Segura's first at-bat of the game, so he really made it count.
The National League plated another run in the bottom of the inning, getting a solo shot from Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich. With the 8-6 triumph, the American League defeated the National League for the sixth consecutive year at the Midsummer Classic.
Bryce Harper headlines Home Run Derby (Harper wins 19-18)
The format has batters face off against each other in timed competitions to see who can hit the most home runs. After Hoskins hit 17 homers to eliminate Jesus Aguilar , Schwarber hit 16 to edge Alex Bregman by one.
Interestingly, the Astros had only previous had two home runs in the All-Star Game in franchise history (Cesar Cedeno and Craig Biggio). "They gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues", Machado said during a midgameTV interview.
Liverpool 'complete' signing of Alisson Becker, subject to medical
Alisson , 25, had a breakout campaign for Roma last season where he was considered one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. The 25-year-old is scheduled to depart Rome and will undergo a medical with the Reds in the next few days.