The 2018 MLB All-Star Game saw a record 10 home runs hit (the previous record was six!), and the American League prevailed 8-6 in 10 innings for its sixth consecutive All-Star Game win.
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, who hit the go-ahead home run int he 10th inning, was named the All-Star MVP.
This seems familiar
Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch saw two of his own players — Alex Bregman and George Springer — hit solo home runs in the 10th inning against Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling, whose manager Dave Roberts is captaining the National League squad. The AL now has a 8-5 lead in the 10th, in an inning that looked an awful lot like last year’s World Series, which set a Fall Classic record for home runs.
Extra-Inning HR - All-Star Game History— Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) July 18, 2018
George Springer 2018
Alex Bregman 2018
Robinson Canó 2017
Tony Pérez 1967
Stan Musial 1955
Red Schoendienst 1950
That’s nine home runs in the game, extending the All-Star Game record.
A new record
Just when it looked like the American League might win their sixth straight All-Star Game, Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett hit a game-tying home run against Mariners closer Edwin Diaz, locking things up at 5-5 in the ninth inning.
That gives us seven home runs in this All-Star Game, setting a record for the midsummer classic.
Christian Yelich picked up a run for the NL in the eighth inning, pulling the NL to within 5-3 with yet another home run, this one a solo shot. It tied the All-Star Game record with six total home runs, last done in 1971.
All six of those home runs in 1971 were hit by Hall of Famers: Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, and the one I will always remember, Reggie Jackson off the roof!
Final vote, final word?
Mariners shortstop Jean Segura won the American League Final Vote, earning the last roster spot on the AL roster. That decision paid off handsomely in the eighth inning, when Segura slammed a three-run home run to open up the game.
If was the fifth home run of the game, but the first shot with anyone on base.
Last ASG with five home runs: 2003, by Todd Helton, Garret Anderson, Andruw Jones, Jason Giambi and Hank Blalock.— Tyler Kepner (@TylerKepner) July 18, 2018
Cool Story, bro
We now have a tie game through seven innings, thanks to Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, who took Charlie Morton deep. Four runs so far in this game, with two home runs for each team.
Social media day
With phones allowed in the dugout and on the field, this All-Star Game is the most media-friendly ever. J.D. Martinez even got into the action, asking Manny Machado where he might end up.
JD Martinez: where you going dog?— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 18, 2018
Manny Machado: s***, f*** if i know
jdmartinez28 | instagram pic.twitter.com/ATiucBxIMj
Forecast, presented by Statcast?
Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, but his true passion is [checks notes] weather. Fox had some fun with this during the broadcast, and Trout was a willing participant, having some fun with it.
“Back to you guys in your air conditioned booth.”
In the most screen time for a Willson since Cast Away, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras homered to open the bottom of the third inning, cutting the AL lead to 2-1. Contreras to popular belief, the National League will not be shut out this evening.
Gunning for another MVP?
Mike Trout homered off Jacob deGrom in the third inning to widen the American League’s lead to 2-0. Trout has at least one hit in all six of the All-Star Games he has played in (he was hurt in 2017). He’s 7-for-14 with two homers, two doubles, a triple and three walks in All-Star play.
Mike Trout gets in on the HR party ✌️ pic.twitter.com/MCqey7rRZO— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 18, 2018
Trout won the All-Star MVP Award in both 2014 and 2015. With a home run and a walk so far tonight, he could win another.
Future teammates, part deux
Matt Kemp doubled in the second inning, and when he reached second base he was greeted by current Oriole and rumored-to-be future Dodger teammate Manny Machado. Is it legal to consummate a baseball trade by a selfie?
The scoring was opened in the top of the second inning, with Max Scherzer back for a second inning of work. Aaron Judge won last year’s Home Run Derby but didn’t participate in this year’s contest. He was saving them for Tuesday — Judge blasted a home run to left field, putting the American League up 1-0. The AL has won five straight All-Star Games.
ALL RISE IN THE ALL STAR GAME.— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 18, 2018
Aaron Judge goes YARD off Max Scherzer. pic.twitter.com/O7KsG13Tx4
Bringing the heat
Max Scherzer pitched a scoreless first inning, working around an eight-pitch walk to Mike Trout and a single by J.D. Martinez. Scherzer was also dealing in the opening frame.
Max Scherzer had not thrown a pitch 98 mph all season. He threw three of those during a 19-pitch scoreless first.— Jamal Collier (@JamalCollier) July 18, 2018
Scherzer in his five All-Star appearances has pitched five scoreless innings, with eight strikeouts.
MLB introduced 29 Medal of Honor winners on the field prior to the start of the All-Star Game, and a nice moment became even better as all the players converged on them. This exchange in particular was neat!
This wasn’t caught on television sadly.
I believe Matt Kemp tapped Kenley Jansen below the belt as Kemp went through the handshake line for introductions. The Dodgers' team chemistry is off the charts.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) July 17, 2018
But you can see Kenley Jansen backing away from Matt Kemp here.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp caught up with Orioles shortstop Manny Machado, who is rumored to be possibly headed to Los Angeles.
What are Manny Machado & Matt Kemp talking about? pic.twitter.com/Q8Z8yoTm7X— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 17, 2018
Kemp told reporters Tuesday that he is close to Machado, and it showed on the red carpet on Monday.
Matt Kemp on Manny Machado: “Did you see what he was wearing on the red carpet? That’s Hollywood.”— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 17, 2018
While we wait on the eventual destination for Manny Machado to be resolved, there is an MLB All-Star Game to be played. Tuesday night is the 89th edition of the midsummer classic, with the National League and American League all knotted up at 43-43-2.
A.J. Hinch of the Houston Astros won the World Series last year, and now gets to manage a loaded American League lineup, one that includes an historically great outfield of Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is at the helm for the National League, and got to write one of his own players in the lineup, with Matt Kemp starting in left field thanks to a resurgent season in Los Angeles.
On a night after Bryce Harper of the host Nationals seized center stage with a majestic Home Run Derby performance, his teammate Max Scherzer will start for the NL on the mound on Tuesday night. The AL will go with Chris Sale to start for a third straight season, with the duo the first pair to start back-to-back All-Star Games in 78 years.
Fox will televise the game, with Joe Buck and John Smoltz on the call, along with reporters Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal from the dugouts.
All-Star Game TV and streaming info
Location: Nationals Park, Washington D.C.
Time: 8 p.m. ET