NEW YORK CITY (WGGB) — The Boston Red Sox had three representatives in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, but it was their division rivals who stole the show (for better or worse.)
David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia were a combined 0 for 4, striking out and grounding into a double play. Ortiz got the start at designated hitter and batted sixth for the American League, but saw just six pitches in his two at-bats. He grounded into a double-play to end the fourth inning, following the AL’s first run of the game.
Pedroia only found the base path after he came in as a reserve for Yankees second-baseman Robinson Cano, who was hit by a pitch in the knee and left the game. Pedroia lined out and struck out looking in his two at-bats.
Boston’s undefeated starter Clay Buchholz made it to New York, but never made it to the mound. Buchholz (9-0) has been hampered by a neck strain he suffered on June 8.
He said he was glad he made the trip, but was not able to take part in the dominant pitching barrage set forth by the AL, which held the National League All-Stars to just three hits. It was the first time in All-Star Game history that the game ended in a tie in back-to-back seasons.
The AL used ten pitchers to put together a 3-0 victory over the NL, bringing about perhaps the only bright spot for Red Sox fans. If the Red Sox, who currently hold baseball’s best record at 58-39, make it to the World Series, they will hold home-field advantage against their NL opponent.