Dias wins first National League title in 11 years…Colorado’s first MVP

Two-run eighth inning comeback from 1-2 deficit
Earned MVP honours in his first start
First win in the National League since 2012
Colorado catcher Elias Díaz, 33, a first-time invitee to the Feast of the Stars, shone as the brightest star. He hit the game-winning shot to give the National League its first victory in 11 years and earned the All-Star Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the first time in franchise history.토토사이트

Díaz’s game-winning two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning gave the National League All-Stars a 3-2 victory over the American League All-Stars in the 2023 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington, USA, on Wednesday. It was the first win in 11 years for the National League All-Stars, who had lost nine times since 2012 (8-0). The 2020 game was not held due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The all-time record of the All-Star Game is 47 wins, 2 ties and 44 losses in favour of the American League.

There was a “surprise MVP” that no one saw coming. After celebrating in the dugout after the start of the game, Díaz came to bat with two outs in the top of the eighth inning with the National League trailing 1-2. He worked a 1-ball-2-strike count against opposing pitcher Felix Bautista (Baltimore), but picked off four low, 160-mph fastballs in the bottom of the strike zone. Then, on the fifth pitch, a 139.9-kilometre splitter in the middle of the strike zone, he turned his bat around and smashed a two-run shot over the left-field fence.

After Diaz’s blast put the game out of reach, Josh Hader (San Diego) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the hold, and closer Craig Kimbrel (Philadelphia) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save. Cabrillo Doval (San Francisco), who came on in the seventh and pitched one scoreless inning, earned the win.

With the game ending in a one-run victory for the National League, the spotlight was on Díaz, who hit a pinch-hit game-winning home run in his first All-Star appearance since making his big league debut in 2015. The Venezuelan native joined Pittsburgh in 2008 but was a late bloomer in 2015, serving mostly as a backup catcher. After being released by Pittsburgh after the 2019 season, he signed a minor league deal with his current team, Colorado, for the 2020 season.

After battling through stiff competition in the minors, Díaz established himself in the big leagues in 2021, hitting a career-high 18 home runs and playing in more than 100 games for the second straight year. This year, he batted .277 with nine home runs and 45 RBIs in the first half of the season, his best performance since his rookie year, and was named an All-Star. Just being among the stars was enough for him, but he took advantage of his one chance to stand out as the brightest star. “It means a lot to me and my family,” Diaz said after the All-Star Game. I’m proud of what I’m doing and what I’ve accomplished,” he said after the game, adding, “Just being in the All-Star Game is amazing.”

“Superstar” Ohtani, who started as the American League’s No. 2 designated hitter, went 1-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout. He was also named to the roster as a pitcher, but did not take the mound due to a blistered finger.

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