The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 87th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the National League (NL) and the American League (AL). The game was played on July 12, 2016, at Petco Ballpark, the home of the National League San Diego Padres.
The senior circuit got off to a quick start against Chris Sale when Kris Bryant homered in the top of the first to give the NL a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the second inning, the AL got to Johnny Cueto when Eric Hosmer homered to left to tie the game.
Two batters later, Salvador Perez hit a two-run shot to give the AL a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the third, after walking, David Ortiz was replaced by Edwin Encarnacion and left the field to a standing ovation in his final all-star game. The AL would tack on another run in this inning when Hosmer hit an RBI single off Jose Fernandez, driving in Encarnacion to give the AL a 4-1 lead.
The NL shrunk the lead with an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna in the top of the fourth off Aaron Sanchez. However, this would be all the runs scored in the game, as the National League stranded ten baserunners throughout the game. In the top of the eighth, the NL loaded the bases, but could not capitalize when Aledmys Diaz struck out looking against Will Harris to end the frame.
In the ninth, Zach Britton got Nolan Arenado to ground into a double play to secure the 4-2 victory for the American League.
The American League had secured home-field advantage in the 2016 World Series, thanks in part to the pair of homers from members of the defending World Series champion Kansas City Royals. The all-time Midsummer classic results through 2016: NL 43 Wins, AL 42 Wins, 2 Ties.
"I was supposed to hit a home run in the second at-bat. My boy ( Jose Fernandez ) told me he was going to throw me nothing but fastballs and the first pitch was a changeup. We're going to discuss that later." - David Ortiz Post Game Press Conference on MLB.com (Steve Gardner, USA Today, 07/13/2016, American League holds off National League to win All-Star Game , Source )
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Eric Hosmer crushed the third pitch he saw, a 1-1 cutter in the second inning, tying the game at 1-1 (helping him win the MVP ). During the post game press conference, Miguel Cabrera said, "He's got unbelievable talent, man. He's one of the best first basemen in the game. He's winning Gold Gloves every year, he's had a tremendous season offensively. He showed today." Hos was the second Kansas City Royals player to win the All-Star Game MVP , joining an EPIC (and we mean EPIC) home run hitting 1989 All-Star - do you remember who it was? [ Answer ]
Did you know that when Terry Collins , the National League manager, requested an instant replay review, in the fith inning of the 2016 All-Star Game, after umpire Kerwin Danley called Daniel Murphy out, it was the first replay review in All-Star Game history , and subsequently, the first overturned call as Murph was safe?
Before the first pitch was thrown, Major League Baseball announced that the National League batting champion would be named in honor of Tony Gwynn , and the American League batting champion , in honor of Rod Carew !