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Michael Brantley Becomes First Player in 2018 ASG History to bat in a run without a homer

Morning N&N for Wed. July 18, 2018

89th MLB All-Star Game, presented by MasterCard - Red Carpet Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

There were 14 runs scored in last night’s All-Star game. 13 of them were batted in on home runs. The lone run that was not was plated in the 10th inning when a Michael Brantley sacrifice fly scored Jean Segura.

Segura had previously hit a 3-run homer off of Josh Hader in the 8th, which the MVP voters apparently forgot about. By the time they chose, they must have been so happy that their 10 inning stay in DC didn’t turn into 11 and went with Alex Bregman, who untied it then.

Bregman and his teammate Springer went back-to-back before Brantley’s sac fly added the AL’s final run.

None of the other Indians did much—Jose Ramirez went 0-for-2 against some pretty stunningly filthy pitching; Yan Gomes was 0-for-3; Francisco Lindor was 0-for-1. Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber did not pitch.

Gomes did catch six innings, though. And Lindor did give a (typically likeable) on-field interview.

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