Franklin celebrates 10 All-Stars
The 84th Midsummer Classic ended after the American League All-Stars broke their three-year losing streak by shutting out the National League All-Stars 3-0 and reclaiming home field advantage for the AL in the World Series. Since the MLB began awarding home field advantage to the league who won the All-Star Game, the team representing the winning league has won the World Series seven times. Though merely an exhibition for fans, the game still holds weight and the players and managers are undoubtedly playing to win.
Pitching dominated the game. The American League pitchers managed to throw a combined three-hitter, allowing just one double to Franklin Pro Paul Goldschmidt with two outs in the ninth inning. Paul Goldschmidt was the only National League Franklin Pro to record a hit in the game, as Joey Votto and Yadier Molina, both starters, went a combined 0 for 4 facing the AL’s most dominant pitchers early in the game.
Franklin Pros in the American League fared better against National League pitching. Miguel Cabrera finished the game 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored. J.J Hardy added to the scoring column, recording an RBI on a fielder’s choice in the fourth inning.
Young Royals catcher Salvador Perez took advantage of his lone trip to the plate, poking a single into right field and recording the AL’s third and final run of the game. Perez was followed by fellow Franklin Pro Jhonny Peralta, who dropped a single to right field as well as advancing Perez into scoring position.
The American League All-Stars redeemed themselves after losing last year’s game 8-0 in Kansas City, an American League ballpark. This year the AL team benefited from a few timely hits from Franklin Pros, good defense and dominant pitching to reclaim home field advantage in the World Series come late October.