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Boston Red Sox All-Star Game Performance

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Boston Red Sox All-Star Game Performance

On Tuesday, the 2017 All-Star Game took place and it was a good one. The team was represented by the best players in the league. The Red Sox were well represented and didn’t let the Red Sox nation down, Chris Sale, Mookie Betts, and Craig Kimbrel did their part to bring a W back to the A.L. Sale didn’t pitch long. He started off the game throwing hard and deceiving N.L. batters, and they didn’t have much luck against Sale. He threw two innings and stifled every hitter he faced, even the always dangerous Giancarlo Stanton.


Chris Sale

Most definitely the front runner for the A.L. Cy Young award, Chris Sale dominated every second he was on the mound. He, also tossed two scoreless innings only allowing three hits and striking out two batters. The amazing part was he threw 20 of his 28 total pitches for strikes. Sale also became the 16th pitcher to start two consecutive All-Star games and he proved why he is worthy of a start every year. With the way he was pitching he could have gone the whole game if he really wanted to. Although, it is an All-Star game and everyone needs to get some playing time. Although, I’m sure every A.L. fan would have been ecstatic to see him shut down the N.L. lineup.


Mookie Betts 

Mookie Betts also started the game in center field and make a couple plays that saved the A.L. from falling behind in runs. In the fourth inning, Mookie Betts unleashed a 93.1 mph throw to second base, to nail Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. Although at the plate Betts went 0-2, he couldn’t get on base. George Springer replaced Betts and made some nice plays in the outfield. Although he wasn’t productive at the plate, Betts is by far an All-Star caliber player.


Craig Kimbrel

Arguably the best closer in the A.L., Kimbrel’s ninth inning proved he deserves to be an All-Star. With Yadier Molina on third, Kimbrel got out the jam by blowing a 98.4 mph fastball by OF Michael Conforto. Gary Sanchez also saved Kimbrel from receiving the loss, by making a very difficult sliding block to keep Molina at second with only one out. He did, however, receive the win after buckling down the ninth.


The three Red Sox All-Stars proved they deserve to be all stars. Let’s hope we can see them back again next year and in bigger numbers.