American League's Eduardo Nunez, of the Minnesota Twins, forces out National League's Paul Goldschmidt, of the Arizona Diamondbacks, as he turns a game-ending double play on National League's Nolan Arenado, of the Colorado Rockies, to end the MLB baseball All-Star Game, Tuesday, in San Diego.
Home field can be a big deal but it's only resulted in the American League winning the World Series in two of the last four years. There have only been 36 total Game 7s in World Series history with the last one coming in 2014 when the Royals lost at home to the San Francisco Giants.
Viewership for this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game hit record lows, according to Nielsen ratings. "I was just trying to take it all in as much as I can, and it was awesome to get in there at the end and get an at-bat".
Royals manager Ned Yost, who skippered the AL, didn't get into any truck talk.
The annual exhibition contest between the American League and the National League drew just a 2.0 rating in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic.
Later that inning, Hosmer hit an RBI single off Fernandez to score Encarcion to put the AL up 4-1. Their two World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015 were never too heavily based on starting pitching quality, but their situation this season is more dire than before, and leaning on the weak foundation they now have will probably result in missing the playoffs.
National League bats went silent once again this year.
The Game 1 Series host has won six of the past seven titles and 24 of the past 30.
On Tuesday, television audiences did not tune in in high numbers to the All-Star Game at Petco Park.
Hosmer's home run was especially impressive because it was an opposite-field shot to left in a park where the ball does not usually carry well. Their best opportunity to stage a rally came in the top of the 8th inning when, with the bases loaded and down 4-2, St. Louis' outstanding rookie Aledmys Diaz, faced Houston reliever Will Harris with the bases loaded and two outs.
If and when the Cubs find themselves rounding back into better health, there may be opportunity in a deciding game with an available DH spot, wherever it may be played.
Hosmer, who finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs, was named the Most Valuable Player.
The game had a lot of action early. However, they are only a half-game behind the Detroit Tigers for second, and sit seven games behind the Cleveland Indians who eventually will regress to the mean and give the Royals an opportunity to catch them before October. The N.L. eventually scored its second run in that inning on a single by Marcell Ozuna of the Marlins. It made me happy.
Bryant became the eighth Cubs player to homer in the All-Star Game, and the youngest since Augie Galan in 1936.