Miguel Sano, Ervin Santana and Brandon Kintzler All Factor into MLB All-Star Game

Miguel Sano drove in the American League’s first run, Ervin Santana gave up the only run the National League scored and Brandon Kintzler had an 11-pitch 1-2-3 inning in the AL’s 2-1 win over the NL at the 2017 MLB All-Star Game last night.

“I’m a fan. I’m a fan who got to pitch in the game,” said Kintzler, who pitched for the St. Paul Saints in 2009. “I appreciate that.”

Sano replaced Jose Ramirez in the fourth inning and drove in a run off of Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Alex Wood to score Jonathan Schoop to put the AL up 1-0.

“I’m so happy because I know a lot of players that have like five All-Stars [appearances] and had never hit a base hit. I’ve got an RBI,” Sano said. “I hit the ball and wanted to see where it is. I [thought] foul ball, then I saw it on the line.”

Kintzler got Zack Cozart, Charlie Blackmon and Giancarlo Stanton to ground out in the fifth, but Santana, who took over for Kintzler in the sixth, gave up a homer to Yadier Molina — the NL’s only run in the game.

“It was a good pitch, down and away. But he’s a diver. He dived down there and made good contact,” said Santana, who gave up a homer to Matt Holliday in the 2008 All-Star Game as well. “Yadier is a good hitter. He’s got power.”

Robinson Cano’s solo shot in the top of the 10th inning won it for the Junior Circuit, which has now won five in a row and 15 of the last 18 All-Star Games.

“My main guy Robbie Cano, from San Pedro de Macoris,” Sano said, “makes me so happy.”

[Star Tribune, Pioneer Press]
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