2015 All-Star Game

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The 2015 All-Star Game, the 86th edition of the Mid-summer classic, took place at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH, on Tuesday July 14, 2015. The American League won the game, 6-3, over the National League with Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim becoming the first repeat winner of the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award after leading off the game with a home run and then scoring the go-ahead run in the 5th inning.

In unveiling the game's logo, the Cincinnati Reds explained that it was an occasion to celebrate the rich history of baseball and the role of Cincinnati as the home of the first professional baseball team. The logo centers on the figure of "Mr. Redlegs", whose style of dress harkens back to the late 19th century and the origins of the game.

The Teams[edit]

American League[edit]

Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals managed the American League team, with coaches A.J. Hinch from the Houston Astros and Lloyd McClendon from the Seattle Mariners.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Jose Altuve Houston Astros 2B Starter
Chris Archer Tampa Bay Rays P
Jose Bautista Toronto Blue Jays OF Replaced because of injury
Dellin Betances New York Yankees P
Brad Boxberger Tampa Bay Rays P Did not play
Zach Britton Baltimore Orioles P
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 1B Starter Replaced because of injury
Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals OF Starter
Nelson Cruz Seattle Mariners DH Starter
Wade Davis Kansas City Royals P
Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays 3B Starter Top Vote-Getter
Brian Dozier Minnesota Twins 2B Replaced Bautista
Alcides Escobar Kansas City Royals SS Starter
Prince Fielder Texas Rangers DH
Brett Gardner New York Yankees OF Replaced Gordon
Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals OF Starter Replaced because of injury
Sonny Gray Oakland Athletics P Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners P
Kelvin Herrera Kansas City Royals P Did not play
Brock Holt Boston Red Sox IF/OF
Jose Iglesias Detroit Tigers SS
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles OF
Dallas Keuchel Houston Astros P Starting Pitcher
Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians 2B
Manny Machado Baltimore Orioles 3B
Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays C
J.D. Martinez Detroit Tigers OF
Mike Moustakas Kansas City Royals 3B Final Man Vote
Darren O'Day Baltimore Orioles P Did not play
Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals C Starter
Glen Perkins Minnesota Twins P
David Price Detroit Tigers P
Albert Pujols Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox P Did not play
Hector Santiago Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim P Replaced Gray
Did not play
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees 1B Replaced Cabrera
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Starter
Stephen Vogt Oakland Athletics C

National League[edit]

Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants managed the National League team, with coaches Don Mattingly from the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bryan Price from the Cincinnati Reds.

Player Team Position Selection Notes
Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies 3B
Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers OF Replaced Holliday
Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs 3B Replaced Stanton
Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants P
A.J. Burnett Pittsburgh Pirates P Did not play
Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds P
Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh Pirates P
Brandon Crawford San Francisco Giants SS
Jacob deGrom New York Mets P
Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds 3B Starter
Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamondbacks 1B Starter
Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers 1B
Dee Gordon Miami Marlins 2B Starter Replaced because of injury
Yasmani Grandal Los Angeles Dodgers C
Zack Greinke Los Angeles Dodgers P Starting Pitcher
Bryce Harper Washington Nationals OF Starter Top Vote-Getter in National League
Matt Holliday St. Louis Cardinals OF Starter Replaced because of injury
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers P Replaced Scherzer
D.J. LeMahieu Colorado Rockies 2B
Carlos Martinez St. Louis Cardinals P Final Man Vote Did not play
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates OF
Mark Melancon Pittsburgh Pirates P
Shelby Miller Atlanta Braves P Did not play
Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals C
Joe Panik San Francisco Giants 2B
Jonathan Papelbon philadelphia Phillies P Did not play
Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers OF
Jhonny Peralta St. Louis Cardinals SS Starter
A.J. Pollock Arizona Diamondbacks OF
Buster Posey San Francisco Giants C Starter
Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs 1B
Francisco Rodriguez Milwaukee Brewers P
Trevor Rosenthal St. Louis Cardinals P Did not play
Max Scherzer Washington Nationals P Replaced under Sunday Starter rule
Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins OF Starter Replaced because of injury
Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies SS Replaced Gordon
Justin Upton San Diego Padres OF
Michael Wacha St. Louis Cardinals P Did not play

The Game[edit]

American League manager Ned Yost had a number of lead-off type hitters in his starting line-up, with 2B Jose Altuve and LF Lorenzo Cain examples of these, but he elected to have CF Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the role, although he is normally a middle-of-the-order type with his team. Leading off the game against P Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who was entering the game with a string of 35 2/3 scoreless innings, Trout made Yost appear to be a genius by homering to right field on a 1-2 pitch to open the score. Greinke then walked 3B Josh Donaldson, but retired the next three batters, including a pair on strikeouts, then logged another two K's as he set down the AL in order in the bottom of the 2nd. For his part, AL starter Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros was perfect in the 1st, but 1B Paul Goldschmidt led off the 2nd with an infield single and advanced to second base on Donaldson's wild throw. Goldschmidt advanced to third on a ground out and with two outs, SS Jhonny Peralta singled him in to tie the score at 1-1, the run being unearned.

There was no scoring in the 3rd and 4th innings, with the Pittsburgh Pirates' Gerrit Cole taking over on the mound for the National League and issuing another walk to Donaldson, with no further damage. In the bottom half, Felix Hernandez retired the side in order. In the 4th, Madison Bumgarner gave up a one-out single to Cain, then after another out, struck out C Salvador Perez to apparently end the inning, but Cain was running on the play and C Yadier Molina couldn't corral the wild pitch, resulting in Cain making it to third base and Perez to first. However, Altuve grounded to 2B D.J. LeMahieu to end the inning. David Price of the Detroit Tigers then took over on the mound for the bottom of the inning and retired the side on two strikeouts and a line-out, a performance that would earn him the win as the American League took over in the top of the 5th.

Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, a last-minute addition to the roster, was the next NL pitcher and he allowed a lead-off single to SS Alcides Escobar. Trout followed with a grounder to LeMahieu which forced out Escobar, but it wasn't possible to complete a double play. After a second out, 1B Albert Pujols drew a walk and Prince Fielder came in as a pinch-hitter in the DH slot. He singled to left, scoring Trout with the go-ahead run, then Cain followed with a double and the AL was up, 3-1. There were wholesale defensive changes for the AL in the bottom of the inning, but P Chris Archer worked around a walk to Peralta to keep the NL from replying immediately. Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets then put out one of the most impressive pitching performances of the night, striking out the side in the top of the 6th on only 10 pitches, after which Archer returned for a second inning of work. New CF Andrew McCutchen greeted him with a homer to left to cut the lead to 3-2, and after a first out, Zach Britton took over, ending the inning in spite of making an error that allowed Goldschmidt to reach base and allowing a single to Molina with two outs.

The American League built its lead in the 7th as Trout drew a lead-off walk against Francisco Rodriguez and was replaced by pinch-runner Brock Holt, who quickly stole second base. 3B Manny Machado followed with a double to make the score 4-2, then moved to third on a ground out. Fielder then drove in his second run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center, and it was 5-2. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless bottom of the inning, working around a walk to rookie 3B Kris Bryant. Mark Melancon took over on the mound for the NL in the 8th, but after a pair of strikeouts, pinch-hitter Brian Dozier launched a ball into center field for a homer, and it was now 6-2. Wade Davis allowed a one-out single to RF Justin Upton, who stole second base, but he struck out 1B Adrian Gonzalez and got PH Yasmani Grandal to ground out to end the inning without a run. Local favorite Aroldis Chapman pitched the top of the 9th, flashing some 100mph fastballs and imitating deGrom by also striking out the side, although he needed 14 pitches. It was not a save situation in the bottom of the 9th, but the major leagues' save leader, Glen Perkins, was sent to the mound to close out the win. PH Ryan Braun greeted him with a triple to right and SS Brandon Crawford hit a sacrifice fly to left to cut the lead to 6-3, but that was the NL's last bite. Bryant flied out to right and 2B Joe Panik lined out to left to end the game. Trout was named the game's MVP, with Price getting the win and Kershaw charged with the loss. The win gave the American League home field advantage in the 2015 World Series.

Starting Lineups[edit]

American League Batting
National League
Player Position Team Player Position Team
Mike Trout CF Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1 Andrew McCutchen CF Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Donaldson 3B Toronto Blue Jays 2 Todd Frazier 3B Cincinnati Reds
Albert Pujols 1B Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 Bryce Harper RF Washington Nationals
Nelson Cruz DH Seattle Mariners 4 Paul Goldschmidt 1B Arizona Diamondbacks
Lorenzo Cain RF Kansas City Royals 5 Buster Posey C San Francisco Giants
Adam Jones LF Baltimore Orioles 6 Anthony Rizzo DH Chicago Cubs
Salvador Perez C Kansas City Royals 7 Jhonny Peralta SS St. Louis Cardinals
Jose Altuve 2B Houston Astros 8 Joc Pederson LF Los Angeles Dodgers
Alcides Escobar SS Kansas City Royals 9 D.J. LeMahieu 2B Colorado Rockies
Dallas Keuchel P Houston Astros SP Zack Greinke P Los Angeles Dodgers

Line Score[edit]

July 14, 2015 at Great American Ball Park (43,656), night game - Baseball Reference scoresheet

League 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
American 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 0 6 7 2
National 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 6 0


American: Dallas Keuchel, Felix Hernandez, David Price (W), Chris Archer, Zach Britton, Dellin Betances, Wade Davis, Glen Perkins
National: Zack Greinke, Gerrit Cole, Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw (L), Jacob deGrom, Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Melancon, Aroldis Chapman

Home Runs

American: Mike Trout (1st); Brian Dozier (8th)
National: Andrew McCutchen (6th)


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