The Chicago Cubs had seven players that were sent to San Diego to represent the National League in the 87th All-Star Game. Here is a rundown of how the Cubs fared in the All-Star game.
The Chicago Cubs were just the second team in MLB history to have their entire infield starting the All-Star game. The only other team to do so was the 1963 Cardinals. The Cubs altogether had seven All-Stars in the game, five of which played.
To start, we knew that first time All-Star Dexter Fowler was not going to play in the game due to a hamstring injury. With the Cubs struggles heading into the All-Star break, I think all fans will agree that it was probably a good decision by Fowler to sit the game out and continue to focus on being healthy for the second half.
The other Cub who did not play was Jake Arrieta. Considered the favorite to potentially start the All-Star game, Arrieta said that he rather not pitch after Terry Collins decided to start Johnny Cueto.
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Again, with Arrieta’s recent struggles as well, it was probably a good idea for him not to get into the game either.
So that leaves the entire Cubs infield, who each got two at-bats. Three-time All-Star Ben Zobrist leadoff for the National League and was 0-for-2 and reached base on a fielder’s choice.
Second time All-Star and the National League home run leader, Kris Bryant, showed why he might be the National League MVP this year, as he homered on the first pitch he saw from Chris Sale, giving the National League an early 1-0 lead. Bryant struck out in his second at-bat with runners on second and third.
Bryant became the first Cubs since Alfonso Soriano in 2007 to homer in the All-Star Game and was the youngest Cub since 1936 to homer in the All-Star game.
Three-time All-Star and the National League-leading vote getter Anthony Rizzo was 1-for-2 with a single in this game. Rizzo also made a good defensive play preventing a run in the second inning.
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell batted ninth and went 0-for-2 but did crush a pitch to deep center in his first at-bat.
So overall, the Cubs hitters were 2-for-8 with a single and a home run and Lester hurled 2/3 innings of scoreless and hitless baseball. Unfortunately, the American League prevailed for the 11th time in 14 tries and they will get home field advantage in the World Series once again.
The Cubs will now get two more off days before resuming the season on Friday against the Texas Rangers at Wrigley Field.