Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, the American League struck back, thanks to a solo shot by Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.
The American League was blanked in the first inning, after a solo home run by Chicago Cubs’ phenom Kris Bryant gave the National League a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning. The American League fought back in the bottom half of the second, as Kansas City Royals’ slugger Eric Hosmer deposited a 1-1 pitch for a home run into the left field stands.
The home run came off of a friendly face, as Hosmer hit his solo shot off of former teammate Johnny Cueto. Cueto was a member of the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship team, who beat the New York Mets in five games.
The blast was the first home run by a Kansas City Royal since Bo Jackson hit one in the 1989 All-Star Game. Jackson, who also starred for the NFL’s Los Angeles Raiders, won the MVP that year, as he became the first player in All-Star Game history to homer and steal a base in the game.
A three-time Gold Glove Winner, Hosmer is playing in his first All-Star Game, so blasting a home run in his first All-Star at-bat must have been special.
Two batters later, Royals’ teammate Salvador Perez blasted a home run of his own, becoming the third Royals player to homer in an All-Star Game. The dingers gave the American League a 3-1 lead heading into the third inning.
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