The basic math doesn't seem to indicate much favor for the AL's superior edge in home field advantage - the NL has actually won more Fall Classics than the AL, seven to six, since 2003.
Jon Lester got into the game in the seventh with the American League leading 4-2 and retired two of the three hitters he faced, as pinch hitter Mark Trumbo reached on an error to start the inning.
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. The Yankees' Dellin Betances flashed his 100 miles per hour heat, and Astros reliever Will Harris came on to throw a called third strike past Cardinals rookie Aledmys Diaz on a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner with the bases loaded to end the eighth. Players and fans in the stadium stood up to cancer by standing up and holding a card honoring someone they know who has been affected by cancer.
"I just told myself, honestly with Johnny Cueto, to be ready for the quick pitch, and I was just going to swing and let it loose and have some fun", Hosmer said. "Maybe it's all the sun in San Diego".
In the span between those two occurrences, a Game 7 happened nine times in the World Series, and the home team won every one of them (St. Louis in 1982, Kansas City in 1985, the New York Mets in 1986, St. Louis in 1987, Minnesota in 1991, Florida in 1997, Arizona in 2001, Anaheim in 2002 and St. Louis in 2011).
Eric Hosmer joined a small club as he become just the second Royal in franchise history to win the coveted All-Star Game MVP. But in baseball, whichever league wins the ASG earns home field advantage in the World Series. Perez's homer made them the first pair of teammates to go yard in an All-Star Game since David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez back in 2004.
Boston Red Sox farmhand Yoan Moncada hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning and Eloy Jimenez added a three-run shot in the ninth to help the World beat the United States 11-3 in the All-Star Futures. The NL has outscored the AL overall, 360-359. With the AL clinging to a two-run lead, Harris fanned Diaz to end the biggest threat the Senior Circuit would put together. The A.L. West leaders said Darvish threw a bullpen session Wednesday and is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list to start the second game of the team's weekend series at the Chicago Cubs. "A lot of pitchers are coming into the game trying to light up the radar gun a bit".
As good and consistent as Homer (All-Star MVP) and Perez have been, it's going to take more than them to beat a much more hard field and division this season.
"It's insane to me, just because of all the superstars in this game, and I do not classify myself as one of them", he said.
The NL's other run came on a single by Miami Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez that brought home Giants catcher Buster Posey in the top of the fourth inning.