By: Mark Lester
The 2019 All Star Game in Cleveland provided us with pretty much no surprises, as the AL once again beat the NL by a score of 4-3. I usually root for the NL, so it’s naturally frustrating to see the AL win every year by scores that are usually pretty close. And while it was somewhat disheartening to watch my lone hometown representative Will Smith give up a homer on his very first pitch, the performance of the three South Siders was more than satisfactory.
The first White Sox appearance of the night came from Lucas Giolito. As Joe Buck and John Smoltz discussed Giolito’s amazing comeback story from worst ERA in baseball to one of baseball’s lethal aces, he proved he belonged with the likes of Verlander and Tanaka, allowing just one walk, no hits and no runs against the top of the NL lineup.
Jose Abreu played an inning at 1st base in the top of the 7th inning and grounded out into a double play in his lone at-bat of the game in the bottom of the 8th.
There was a catcher named McCann playing for both the AL and NL on Tuesday, and ours fared far better. In his lone at-bat, he smacked a single to deep right, moving Matt Chapman into scoring position. He scored the AL’s third run on a sacrifice double play from the bat of Xander Boegarts. One at bat later, Joey Gallo smacked a 397 foot dinger off of Will Smith that would be the deciding strike in the AL’s 4-3 win.
The White Sox have started off the second half with two losses in Oakland, one of which I had the pleasure of witnessing live in the Oakland Coliseum.
The American League will win next year’s All-Star Game in Dodger Stadium on July 14, 2020.