Once again, home-field advantage in the World Series will go to the American League champion.
A pair of Royals led the way
The Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Pérez and Eric Hosmer both hit home runs off of former teammate Johnny Cueto. The duo became the eighth pair of teammates to hit a homer in the All-Star Game and the first since Manny Ramírez and David Ortiz in 2004.
Pérez and Hosmer hit their home runs in the second inning. According to research by Elias Sports Bureau, they are just the second pair of teammates to homer in the same inning of an All-Star Game, joining Steve Garvey and Jim Wynn of the 1975 Dodgers.
The duo also drove in all of the American League’s runs. They are the first teammates to drive in all of the winning team’s runs in an All-Star Game (games in which more than one player on that team has driven in a run), according to Elias research.
Hosmer was named MVP of the game, becoming the second Royals player to win All-Star Game MVP, joining Bo Jackson in 1989.
Rough outing from Cueto
Cueto took the loss for the National League, becoming the first Giants pitcher to lose the All-Star Game since Shawn Estes since 1997.
He allowed a pair of home runs to former teammates (Pérez and Hosmer) in his outing. Prior to Tuesday’s game, the only time a player hit a home run off a teammate from the previous season in the All-Star Game was when Alfonso Soriano took Roger Clemens deep in 2004, according to Elias research.
Speaking of Clemens, he was also the most recent pitcher to allow multiple home runs in an All-Star Game prior to Cueto.
NL offense goes missing
The National League All-Star have been in a bit of an offensive funk. During its active four-game losing streak, the NL has scored eight total runs and no more than three runs in any of the games.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in the first inning, but the NL could muster only one run in the last eight innings (an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna) of Tuesday’s game.
Bryant is the youngest Cubs player to hit a home run in an All-Star Game since Augie Galan in 1936.
For the fourth consecutive season, the American League champion will have home-field advantage in the World Series. Since 1985, the team with home-field advantage has won 24 of the past 30 World Series (the exceptions are 1992 and 1999 Braves, the 2003 Yankees, the 2006 Tigers, the 2008 Rays and the 2014 Royals).