2022 MLB All-Star Game Score: AL continues winning streak thanks to Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton’s home runs

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2022 MLB All-Star Game Score: AL continues winning streak thanks to Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton's home runs

The American League continued its All-Star Game dominance Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium thanks to strong home games from Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton. The AL won the 2022 MLB All-Star Game 3-2, winning nine consecutive National League Midsummer Classics.

Stanton, who was named All-Star Game MVP, hit a 457-foot homer with two runs ahead of Dodgers righty Tony Gonsolin in the fourth inning. Buxton, the next hitter, followed with a 425-foot blast of his own to give the AL a one-run lead the team would not give up.

The National League started strong. Dodgers legend Clayton Kershaw started in front of a home crowd and threw a scoreless first inning (with a pick off by Shohei Ohtani). The NL landed two runs down the first run thanks to an RBI single from Mookie Betts and a solo homer from Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The NL had four hits from AL starter Shane McClanahan but only one hit in the last eight innings.

Now for some takeaways from the 2022 All-Star Game.

Stanton and Buxton made history

Thanks to Goldschmidt’s homer in the first inning, the NL went 2-0 into the fourth inning. Things changed quickly, however, thanks to the Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton and the Twins’ Byron Buxton.

With an out and an on, hosts Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin presented Stanton with a 0-2 splitter, and Stanton found it to his liking:

That’s a 457-foot crush job that got close to the seats Stanton sat in when he attended Dodger Stadium as a kid. It also left bat at 111.7 mph, which, after Sarah Langsis the highest Statcast exit speed ever recorded in the All-Star game.

That tied the game, and Buxton, the next batter, gave the AL a 3-2 lead with that 2-1 fastball over the zone:

And we say over the Zone, we mean it emphatically:

Together, these two Circuit drummers hit the first consecutive home runs in an All-Star game since the Astros’ Alex Bregman and George Springer made it in 2018 and finished seventh overall. However, consider the importance of the Stanton-Buxton combination, and it is unprecedented, at least as far as the Midsummer Classic is concerned:

It’s no coincidence that Stanton and Buxton hit 47 home runs in the first half of this season.

We haven’t seen the new tiebreaker format

Earlier this week, MLB announced that All-Star Game ties will not be decided by extra innings, as has been the practice in the past, but by an abbreviated home run derby. In the event of a tie after nine innings, each team would select three batsmen and each of them would receive three shots. After all six players have had a chance to make it through three rounds, the team with the highest total is declared the winner.

Needless to say, this new crease was met with enthusiasm by fans, with many of us no doubt hoping for a Tuesday night draw. That didn’t quite happen, however, as the AL maintained their one-run lead through the final five and a half innings.

In the eighth, the NL scored their first hit since the first inning – a single by Austin Riley to lead Clay Holmes straight off the frame – but Holmes rallied to make the next two outs and Liam Hendriks then came along, the potential losing tie run. In the ninth round, Emmanuel Clase, who was closer to the Guardians, hit the side to the save.

Had we managed a tie, Ty France, Julio Rodríguez and Kyle Tucker would have swung for the AL while Pete Alonso, Ronald Acuña Jr. and Kyle Schwarber would have gone for the NL in the mini-derby. Advantage NL considering they would have trotted out three real home run derby entrants? Oh, we’ll never know.

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