The American League continued to dominate the All-Star Game. Tuesday's 2-1 victory in 10 innings was the AL's fifth straight win over the National League. Going even further, the American League has won 17 of the last 21 and 23 of the last 30 mid-summer classics.
The Ohio major league teams were represented by seven All-Stars---five from the Indians and two from the Reds. The only star that did not play was Tribe starting pitcher Cory Kluber who was not available because he pitched on Sunday. The other six not only got in the game, but also performed well.
Zack Cozart of the Reds, voted in as the National League starter at shortstop, singled in his first career All-Star at bat. The hit was significant in that it snapped an 0-for-23 drought by Reds hitters at the All-Star Game. Cozart was also featured in the Fox TV coverage, interviewed on the field by analyst and former superstar Alex Rodriguez.
The other Red in the game, Joey Votto, batted twice. After striking out in his first trip to the plate, Votto kept the National League's hopes alive in the 10th when he drew a walk off Indians reliever Andrew Miller. Miller recovered and struck out the Dodgers Cody Bellinger to earn the save.
The other Indians who played delivered as well. Jose Ramirez, voted in as the American League starter at third base, went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles while he was in the game.
José Ramírez is the 1st Indians player with multiple hits in the All-Star Game since Kenny Lofton in 1996 pic.twitter.com/bPlBTX7sZz— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 12, 2017
Michael Brantley of the Tribe also delivered a hit and while Francisco Lindor went hitless, his trademark enthusiasm was on display throughout the game, including his playful tap of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina after Molina's home run tied the game at 1.