The All-Star festivities have all wrapped up. The American League defeated the National League by a score of 4-3 in the 90th MLB All-Star Game. In the end, Cleveland ended up the winner. They got to put on a memorable All-Star Break. The Home Run Derby was epic. Playball Park was a hit. The game itself was an exciting event. Through it all, four lucky Cleveland Indians let the All-Star Game come to them. So, how did they fare in the Mid-Summer Classic?
Carlos Santana – A busy break for Santana saw him start by applying a curious strategy at the Home Run Derby. Most of the other competitors used the “swing out of their shoes” strategy. Santana stuck with the “hit line drives at a slow pace strategy.” Unfortunately, Pete Alonso hit one extra home run in their first-round matchup, ruining Santana’s night. Once the big game hit, the first-time All-Star started in grand fashion. As the starter at first base, he snared the very first out of the game. A loud line drive found off the bat of Christian Yelich found Santana’s glove. Unfortunately, at the plate, Santana’s night wasn’t as nice. Two groundouts and a strikeout capped off a forgettable game at the plate. With Alonso making a great stretch to rob Santana of a base hit in his final at-bat.
Uh-oh. I refrained from this.
Francisco Lindor- Lindor made his fourth All-Star appearance in the fifth inning. He struck out during his first at-bat, then he spent the top of the sixth inning doing color commentary while yelling defensive positioning to his temporary teammates. All the while giving advice on where to have dinner while in town.
After the local eateries got a plug from the banter, he got a chance to concentrate on playing. In Lindor’s second at-bat notorious Indians killer Mike Moustakas made a great play on a sharply hit grounder to third. Marking the second time in the game an Indians hitter was robbed of a base hit in the game.
Shane Bieber- He found out about his All-Star status so late that he might have already had plans for the day. I’m sure that whatever plans he had could subside to make his first All-Star appearance. In the fifth inning, he debuted in front of his home crowd. Three strikeouts later he left to a standing ovation.
Not much more to add to that. Bieber looked filthy.
Brad Hand- This All-Star selection marked the third of Hand’s career. Hand made his appearance in the eighth inning. Where Bieber’s inning was incredibly smooth, Hand chose a different path. He has been incredibly stingy when it comes to allowing baserunners during the regular season. Apparently Hand wanted to get a rare bad outing out of his system. After entering with a three run lead he left the team with just one.
While Shane Bieber was the big winner for the night among the Indians, when you ball out Cleveland Twitter takes over for you. After firing away vote after vote, Bieber walked away with the All-Star Game MVP. That was a way to end the night.
Bring it on Minnesota. The Indians will see you on Friday.