Brantley Robbed of Hit in AL All-Star Win
Bob Toth | On 16, Jul 2014
Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley made his All-Star Game debut on Tuesday night as the American League defeated the National League by a 5-3 final from Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Tribe’s lone representative stepped to the plate for his only at bat of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning with the AL already holding their 5-3 advantage. With two outs, he sent a grounder deep in the hole between first and second base. Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon made a fine sliding grab and threw a sidearm bullet to Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman to retire Brantley.
Brantley did not have much activity in the field as he had just one fly ball, from Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Miguel Montero, hit to him for the first out in the ninth inning.
The AL jumped on the board quickly in the first inning against St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright after a leadoff double from New York’s Derek Jeter. Mike Trout tripled him home and Trout would score on a two-run home run from Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera.
Trout’s RBI double in the fifth would give the AL the last lead they would need on the night and Jose Altuve’s sacrifice fly padded the lead further.
Minnesota’s Glen Perkins closed out the game in from of his hometown crowd.
With his 2-for-3 effort at the plate, Los Angeles’s Trout was named the Most Valuable Player, making him the second youngest player ever to earn the honor.
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