The 2021 MLB All-Star Game and surrounding festivities are finally in the books. This year’s installment of the Midsummer Classic resulted in a 5-2 victory for the American League. Teams will now shift focus to the home stretch of the season, which will be highlighted by trade deadline moves and divisional races that will ultimately determine playoff matchups. But before the “dog days of summer” roll in, let’s take a look at some performances from the All-Star Game.
The Chicago White Sox had four representatives in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game: shortstop Tim Anderson and pitchers Liam Hendriks, Lance Lynn, and Carlos Rodon. None of these players were in the American League’s starting lineup, but Lynn, Anderson, and Hendriks entered as substitutes throughout the game. Rodon did not make an appearance.
Lynn entered the game in the bottom of the second inning to replace Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels on the mound for the American League. The South Siders’ big righty forced Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman to ground out and induced a pop out from Cincinnati’s Nick Castellanos before walking Jesse Winker of the Reds. Lynn capped off the inning by striking out Philadelphia’s J.T. Realmuto on a four-seam fastball.
Anderson entered the game in the bottom of the eighth inning to replace Bo Bichette of the Toronto Blue Jays at shortstop for the American League.
No balls came Anderson’s way as Boston’s Matt Barnes escaped a bases-loaded jam for the American League. The AL All-Stars came up just short of batting to Anderson’s spot in the order in the top of the ninth inning.
Hendriks entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning to replace Boston’s Matt Barnes in a save situation.
Hendriks began the inning by allowing an infield single to Milwaukee’s Omar Narvaez, who was then cut down trying to take second base on a wild pitch. The firey Austrailian then struck out Chris Taylor of the Dodgers for the second out of the inning.
After allowing a double to Atlanta’s Ozzie Albies, Hendriks induced a groundout by Washington’s Trea Turner to lock down the save and a 5-2 American League victory.
Rodon did not make an appearance in the game.