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90th MLB All-Star Game Won By American League, MVP Goes To Baseball Factory Alum

The 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cleveland had a little bit of everything last night: timely hitting, solid defense, electrifying pitching and yet another win for the American League.

The American League continued their dominance, winning its seventh-consecutive All-Star Game with a 4-3 victory over the National League at Progressive Field as the infusion of young, premier talent reigned supreme.

2012 Under Armour SoCal Classic participant and Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Shane Bieber pitched the fifth inning, striking out the side in front of his hometown fans, later winning All-Star Game MVP honors. The 24 year-old became the first player since 1999 to win the MVP in his home ballpark, and he did it by striking out three very good hitters (Willson Contreras, Ketel Marte and Ronald Acuna, Jr).

Overall, Baseball Factory had 16 alums in this year’s game, as we first were witness to the tremendous power of Pete Alonso in the Home Run Derby on Monday night, as the former Under Armour Baseball Factory College PREP and Team One South standout won the Derby and followed that up with nice glove work at first and an impressive two-run single in the eighth inning that brought the National League squad to within one run.

The American League jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Michael Brantley’s RBI double, scoring his current teammate, Alex Bregman. Brantley received a nice hand from his former hometown fan base as he played in Cleveland for 10 seasons. In the top of the sixth with the AL leading 2-0, Colorado Rockies OF Charlie Blackmon homered to bring the NL to within a run. Later in the seventh, Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo provided the insurance run with an absolute rocket of a home run to right field to give the AL a 4-1 lead. Gallo’s exit velocity for his homer was 112 mph.

Other notable performances by Factory alumni included:

Milwaukee Brewers OF Christian Yelich, who collected his 1,000 career hit recently, leads the majors in homers with 29 and somehow is having an even better season than the one he had last year as the National League MVP. He however did not participate in this year’s Home Run Derby, but hit leadoff for the National League last night.

Pittsburgh Pirates slugging first baseman Josh Bell started at DH in this year’s game, being in the American League ballpark, collecting a hit in two at-bats. Bell, a former National Tryout and Team One Futures participant, bashed 27 home runs and drove in 84 runs in the first half of the season.

On the winning side of the American League featured a trio of Houston Astros with Baseball Factory ties. Justin Verlander (1999 Team One Midwest) started and struck out two in his inning of work. George Springer batted leadoff for the AL, with a single in two at-bats, while Bregman hit sixth and played third, contributing a single and scoring a run.

In the third inning, 2011 Under Armour All-American Jose Berrios pitched a solid inning, allowing a hit, but striking out two.

Since 1994, there have been 160 former Factory athletes named as an All-Star. Check out the full list of Baseball Factory Alumni in the 2019 MLB All-Star Game with the number of their appearance:

National League Elected Starters

Nolan Arenado (5th)
Christian Yelich (2nd)

National League Reserves

Pete Alonso (1st)
Josh Bell (1st)
Kris Bryant (3rd)

National League Pitchers

Zack Greinke (6th)
Brandon Woodruff (1st)

American League Elected Starters

Alex Bregman (2nd)
George Springer (3rd)

American League Reserves

Francisco Lindor (4th)
Austin Meadows (1st)
James McCann (1st / 1-1, single)
Daniel Vogelbach (1st)

American League Pitchers

Jose Berrios (2nd)
Shane Bieber (1st)
Justin Verlander (8th)

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