For the second straight year, the American League won the All-Star Game. The Junior Circuit prevailed 5-3 in the midseason classic which was played at Target Field in Minneapolis.
The AL took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a triple by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and a two-run home run by Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. All three runs were scored of NL starter Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The NL scored two runs in the second on back to back doubles by Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. In the fourth, Lucroy would tie the game at 3-3 on yet another RBI double.
The AL would take the lead for good in the fifth on a double by Trout and added another run on a sacrifice fly by Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Both runs were scored off Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek who would end up taking the loss.
In my post-mortem on the first half of the 2014 season on Tuesday, I expressed concern that there might be a great temptation to give New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter the All-Star Game MVP just for showing up. Jeter did more than show up. He went 2 for 2 with a double and single and scored a run. But the All-Star Game MVP ultimately went to Trout, who went 2 for 3 with a triple and a double plus 2 RBIs. Trout could have gone 3 for 3 if not for a great catch in left field by Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Nevertheless Jeter did earn a well deserved standing ovation as the Target Field public address system played “New York, New York” when he was taken out of the game in the fourth inning. Jeter retires at the end of the season.
The win gives the AL home field advantage in the World Series. The 2015 MLB All-Star Game will take place at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.