Small Taste of New York at MLB All Star Game
Carlos Beltran (left) was the only New York position player to appear in the 87th All-Star Game while both Dellin Betances (top right) and Andrew Miller pitched for the American League. (Drew Casey: WFUV Sports)
SAN DIEGO- It was a relatively uneventful night for New York's seven All-Stars on Tuesday evening at the 87th Midsummer Classic at Petco Park.
While the Yankees' three representatives all appeared in the game in front of 42,386, none of the Mets' four stars made the final box score.
Of the three Bronx Bombers in "America's Finest City," Andrew Miller found himself in the most pressure-filled spot. After retiring two of the first three batters he faced in the eighth, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte poked a single to put two runners on with two outs in a two-run game. Miller had thrown 19 pitches of an approximate 30-pitch limit at this point.
A nine pitch at-bat with Reds outfielder Adam Duvall that ended with a walk was all for the Yankees southpaw in his first All-Star Game. Astros reliever Will Harris replaced Miller and struck out Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz to end the National League's threat.
"[I] would have liked to pitch better," Miller said. "It's still nice to get a chance to experience it. [I was] glad Will [Harris] came in and did the job in a big situation."
Dellin Betances, who pitched the seventh inning, was a little more electric than Miller, striking out two of the four batters he faced, while allowing just one hit to former Met Daniel Murphy.
"This All-Star Game was awesome," Betances, who touched 101-mph, said. "San Diego did a great job hosting the All-Star Game this year. When it's sold out, 4-2 game, adrenaline kicks in."
Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran, who entered defensively in the top of the sixth, didn't see much playing time and flew out in his only at-bat against Nationals starter Max Scherzer. Beltran played the field in the seventh, but didn't get back up later in the inning and was replaced by Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders to start the eighth inning.
"The manager has a real tough job to try and play everyone," Beltran, who acknowledged that his hamstring was "good," said. "I'm glad that I was able to get an at-bat and just play a couple innings in the field. So I'm good with that."
Mets closer Jeurys Familia was slated as the National League's closer, according to Terry Collins, but the appropriate game scenario did not arise. First-time Mets All-Star Bartolo Colon also did not appear in the game. Collins later said that Colon was his "back-up guy," in case the game went to extra innings.
"We had some health issues and we knew that," Collins said of his club's All-Stars. "We had it set up to when we were going to use them [Familia and Colon], and we just didn't get to get there. But I'm not disappointed that they didn't get in because they were going to be in big parts if they did get in."
Mets star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes did not travel to San Diego because of a quad injury, while starter Noah Syndergaard was in San Diego but did not participate in the Midsummer Classic due to arm fatigue.
Additionally, Collins did win the first replay review in All-Star Game history in the fifth inning, overturning what was initially ruled a Daniel Murphy ground out.
Hear a 75-second medley of postgame comments from the New Yorkers below: