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American League beats National League 5-3 in 2014 All-Star Game; Mike Trout named MVP

Jul 15, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN — In a season where offense has been hard to come by, the hitters weren’t all that fooled in the 2014 All-Star Game. At least not early on. And heck, even if they were, word on the street was that some pitchers were throwing meatballs to some hitters on purpose, so it’s hard to know what to take away from this one. We can say this much for absolute certain: the A.L. beat the N.L. 5-3.

Well, obviously we can take all of the Jeter stuff away. In an age when simplicity and dignity are often secondary concerns, Jeter’s exit from the Midsummer Classic was very welcome indeed. No speeches. No excessive stoppages of play. The tributes — at least the ones we could see in the ballpark — did not skew maudlin and treacly. It was much like we saw in that Nike commercial the other day: a lot of hat-tipping and nodding and that felt right.

But he was not named the MVP, contrary to what so many thought would happen no matter how he did. Rather, the MVP Award went to Mike Trout. Who, unlike was the case the past couple of years, won it thanks in part to the superior numbers even if he didn’t have the superior story.

As for the game itself, the Americans struck with three early thanks to Trout tripling in Jeter and Miguel Cabrera blasting one over the fence in the first. The Nationals struck back in the second thanks to back-to-back doubles by Chase Utley and Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy, who is second in the National League in doubles with 32 so far, doubled again in the fourth to plate Dee Gordon and tie it up at three. Mike Trout struck again with an RBI double in the fifth which also advanced Alexei Ramirez to third. Ramirez then scored on a Jose Altuve sacrifice fly to make it 5-3, American League.

At that point things went the way they always tend to go at the All-Star Game these days: constant substitutions, an increasingly scary assortment of fresh relief pitchers who know they have two days off after this and a lot of shaky defense. No one broke through for anything after the fifth. The one nice thing from the tail end of the game was John Farrell giving Minnesota Twin — and Minnesota native — Glen Perkins the ninth inning. Perkins set the N.L. down 1-2-3 for the save.

Some random facts:

  • Jeter ends his All-Star Game career 13 for 27. It was his third All-Star Game with multiple hits, having done so in 2000 and 2004 when he went 3 for 3.
  • Lucroy’s two doubles ties an All-Star record. It’s one held by many, as nine dudes have done it overall, but Lucroy joins Albert Pujols, Barry Bonds, Paul Konerko, Damian Miller (really?!), Ernie Banks, Ted Kluszewski, Joe Medwick and Al Simmons in that club.
  • Adam Wainwrightwho maybe shouldn’t have started! — gave up three runs in the first inning. In 19 starts this year he allowed just four first inning earned runs total. Of course, in those 19 starts he wasn’t facing multiple potential first-ballot Hall of Famers like Jeter, Cabrera and Trout.
  • Mike Trout is loving life in All-Star Games. He went 2 for 3 with two RBI here and is 4 for 7 with two doubles and a triple in his three All-Star Game appearances. Now he’s the MVP.

But the only stat that actually counts — at least, the only one we’re told to say counts — is the win. Which goes to the A.L. And, along with it, home field advantage in the World Series for the A.L. pennant winner.

  1. cabrera24 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Good Game!!

    • apkyletexas - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      Tell that to Puig. How the hell do you strike out 3 times in an All Star game??? Jeez – at least make contact dude.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        Blew the catch on the Trout triple too with his weird circular run to the wall. If Puig runs straight back, he catches that ball.

        Nice job Yasiel. Play hard the rest of the year and you can play the World Series on the road – compliments of yourself.

      • stercuilus65 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:59 AM

        No excuse for two of the Ks but the second strikeout was a joke, that was ball 4.
        Secomdly it would have taken a Willie Mays like effort to vatch that Trout liner nine feet off the right field wall. Quit covering for Waino.

      • 76ersdoubletank - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        Did Puig steal your g/f?

      • workin4theweekend - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        That after his bizarre zero home run effort in the HR Derby. A bad All Star break for him indeed.

    • toddbook - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      I understand that the Manager’s of the all-star game get to make the decisions but there should be some rules. Mike Matheny lost this game by showing too much favoritism for his own players. Kershaw should have easily started over Wainright who gave up 3 runs in the first. Then Neshek gives up the other 2. Way to blow the game Matheny & St. Louis.

  2. NatsLady - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Awful managing by Matheny. Never used Cueto and Bumgarner. Why did Neshek start that inning? No RH batters against the LHPs? Not to mention Wainwright.

    • stoutfiles - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      Cueto wasn’t available to pitch. He pitched Sunday.

    • normcash - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

      Because Neshek is a Cardinal—same reason Wainwright started…

    • clydeserra - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Its easy to give up runs on foul balls

      • nbjays - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        The third base ump disagrees with you, and he got the call right… it hit in fair territory before the bag and crossed over the bag… doesn’t matter where it hits after that. He had a helluva lot better look at it than you did.

    • stercuilus65 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:01 AM

      Cardinals pitchers… 1 1/3 innimgs… 5 runs.
      Rest of NL staff… 6 2/3 innings… 0 runs

  3. stoutfiles - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    ” Of course, in those 19 starts he wasn’t facing multiple potential first-ballot Hall of Famers like Jeter, Cabrera and Trout.”

    In those 19 starts he also wasn’t purposely letting players getting hits and disgracing the game, while ruining the NL’s chance of having home field advantage in the WS.

    • normcash - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:52 PM

      He made it clear afterwards that the comment was ill-said. Sounded quite sincere to me.
      And, in any event, no one is claiming he grooved one to Miggy or Trout…It’s just
      another tempest in a social media teapot…

      • stoutfiles - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:58 PM

        Ill-said? He straight-up lied hoping it would go away. How did they misinterpret him throwing balls Jeter could hit because he deserves it?

    • clydeserra - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      lighten up francis

  4. historiophiliac - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    The Tigers appreciate the home field advantage, fellas!

    • clydeserra - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      For the ALDS against the Orioles? Sure, why not.

    • infieldhit - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:07 AM

      But who are they gonna re-gift it to this year?

    • Francisco (FC) - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      And I’m sure whatever NL team makes it will appreciate the soggy bull pen offered up by the tiggers.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:35 PM


  5. clydeserra - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    nice of fox to do a tribute to Tony Gwynn. especially during Francisco Rodriguez’s inning

  6. jarathen - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    Trout just trying to help himself get home field advantage in October.

    Still, I’d take that beast of a truck over a useless ‘vette any day of the week.

    • normcash - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      If you were 22, you’d take the ‘vette..

      • infieldhit - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:10 AM

        Even his mom was clamoring for the ‘vette.

        Trout, livin’ the good life. Sigh.

  7. psunick - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Not a word about Kimbrel striking out the side in his one inning?

  8. 1998yanks - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    He was tired from hitting all those home runs in the derby…oh wait. Never mind.

  9. phillysports1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Natslady apparently doesn’t watch baseball.

  10. andreweac - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    The greatness of Trout only grows.

    • dtownbeatdown - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      He hits a triple that was more than likely foul. Cabrera steps up and knocks one out of the park and drives trout in. We all know who the great one is.

      • pauleee - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        The TRIPLE was more than likely foul? The one that went off the right field wall?

        Your obvious bias for a once phenomenal, now only great (and on the downside of the curve) Cabrera has got you awfully confused.

  11. stercuilus65 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:01 AM

    Trout mvp? That’s fishy…

  12. ashot - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Is there no unwritten rule of baseball writers that you don’t ask questions to which you don’t really want the answers?
    I really don’t care if Wainwright grooved a couple of pitches to Jeter. Assuming he did I’m also not going to criticize him for being honest about it.

  13. juuuuustabitoutside - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    I enjoyed the all start game… at least the first few inning of it. I tune it to watch the best of the best. BUT, by the last few innings, it was no longer an “all star” game. It was a “pretty good ballplayer” game.

    I don’t need to see 3 different guys play second base or catcher for each team. The bottom of the ninth had Miguel Montero, Josh Harrison and Charlie Blackmon batting. That was pathetic.

    We need fewer players at the all-star game so we can see the actual stars for longer.

  14. Francisco (FC) - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    The Nationals struck back in the second

    The nats were playing? I thought this was the all-star game.

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