On Tuesday night at Coors Field in Denver, the American League defeated the National League 5-2 in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.
The American League won the Midsummer Classic for the seventh time in a row, thanks to two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani’s flawless first inning and a 468-foot home slam from Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The American League has now won 20 of the last 23 All-Star Games, excluding a tie in 2002.
Guerrero, 22, was awarded Most Valuable Player, making him the youngest MVP in All-Star Game history.
Ohtani, who participated in the Home Run Derby the night before, was 0 for 2 at the plate, grounding out twice as the AL’s lead-off hitter and designated hitter. The Los Angeles Angels star, on the other hand, tossed a perfect first inning on 14 pitches to secure the victory.
“This has been the best experience, most memorable,” the 27-year-old Ohtani said through an interpreter. “Obviously, I’ve never played in the playoffs or World Series, so once I do that, that’s probably going to surpass it. But this has been the most memorable.”
In the second inning, Marcus Semien of the Blue Jays scored New York Yankees ace Aaron Judge on an infield single, giving the AL a 1-0 lead. Guerrero hit his 200th All-Star Game home run in the third inning off Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers, extending the AL’s advantage to 2-0.
Guerrero and shortstop with the Boston Red Sox Xander Bogaerts each drove in a run in the fifth, extending the AL’s lead to 4-0.
J.T. Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies homered to make it 4-1 for the National League, which has eight hits at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ Mike Zunino responded with a 433-foot home run in the sixth inning, putting the AL ahead 5-1. Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the fifth to make it 5-2, but the National League couldn’t get any closer.
Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals pitched a perfect inning in the National League. He struck out one batter and fired 11 pitches.
Burnes, who relieved Scherzer in the second inning, took the loss after allowing two earned runs on four hits in two innings.