Ryu Succeeds In All-Star Start But Kershaw Takes The Loss

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Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a scoreless inning in his first ever All-Star game start and Max Muncy made a fantastic diving play in the 6th inning to show off his skills on a national stage. But things didn’t go as well for the rest of the Dodgers as Clayton Kershaw allowed a run and took the loss, Walker Buehler allowed a run, and Cody Bellinger went 0-2 with 2 strikeouts.

Ultimately the American League edged the National League with a 4-3 win. But in a meaningless game, it was just fun to see these All-Stars play a game together.

Ryu made history when he became the first Korean player to play in an All-Star game. But things got even better when he was selected as the NL starting pitcher. And Ryu flourished in the spotlight, throwing a scoreless inning despite giving up a leadoff single.

“I think I did my job, getting grounders is always good for a pitcher, and I got most of [the outs] as ground balls, so I think I did my job as best I could that one inning,” said Ryu through an interpreter.

Although he went 0-2 at the plate, Muncy had a good game as well. In the 6th inning, he and Mets’ rookie and home run derby champion, Pete Alonso, teamed up to make a fantastic play on Indians’ slugger, Carlos Santana.

Not every Dodger had a great game as Clayton Kershaw was charged with a run in the 2nd inning and ultimately was charged with the loss. He gave up a two-out RBI double to Astros’ outfielder Michael Brantley.

Walker Buehler was also charged with a run when he entered in the 5th inning. Yankees’ catcher, Gary Sanchez hit a leadoff double, then advanced to third on a groundout. Sanchez then scored on an infield single by Twins’ shortstop Jorge Polanco.

“I’m a little disappointed, I didn’t want to give up any runs, but those things happen,” said Buehler.

Bellinger’s stats weren’t good in his second All-Star game as he went 0-2 with two strikeouts, but he helped to put on a good show. Bellinger and Christian Yelich, his opponent for the MVP, agreed to be mic’d up together and chat with the broadcasters mid-inning.

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