It marked the AL’s fourth All-Star Game win and 16th in the last 20. And nearly all the damage in front of 42,386 at Petco Park came off another familiar face to the Royals: Johnny Cueto, the righthander who last season helped deliver the Royals their crown.
After a scoreless first inning, Cueto let a home run to Hosmer – the first All-Star Game homer from a Royals player since Bo Jackson’s legendary shot to lead off in 1989 – and Perez followed two batters later with one of his own.
Yost went to his deep bullpen in the sixth inning, with Kelvin Herrera, and followed by handing the ball to Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Will Harris.
Cleveland starter Corey Kluber got the win after arriving in the second to relieve starter Chris Sale, who let the match run on a no-doubt home run to Kris Bryant. In the previous six meetings between the crosstown Chicago opponents, Sale struck out Bryant all six times.
When Miami outfielder Marcell Ozuna singled to score San Francisco catcher Buster Posey, who earlier had walked, the NL scratched across a run in the fourth inning. They stranded runners on second and third in the fifth inning and didn’t get another opportunity until all of the starters exited the game and Miller came on to lock it down the eighth inning.
Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled. With two outs, Pittsburgh outfielder Starling Marte did the same. With 28 pitches thrown, Miller departed and left, and Cincinnati outfielder Adam Duvall then walked the bases loaded for Houston reliever Will Harris. St. Louis shortstop Aledmys Diaz took Harris to a full count before staring at a cutter on the outside corner for a called third strike.
The remainder of the game, on the other hand, went about according to script. Good pitching. A few home runs. Pretty much any given game in 2016, even one between the world’s best players. Given, there was no Jake Arrieta or no Clayton Kershaw, no Noah Syndergaard or Yoenis Cespedes, no Wade Davis or Dexter Fowler or Stephen Strasburg. All out resting their arms or had injuries.