MIAMI — A pair of former La Crosse Loggers lived up to the hype surrounding them entering Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game.
Washington’s Max Scherzer, who played for the Loggers in 2004, and Boston’s Chris Sale, who pitched for the Loggers in 2008, started the Midsummer Classic for their respective leagues. The game was not completed at the Tribune’s press time.
Scherzer pitched one inning and faced four batters. He allowed a single to right field off the bat of Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez in the second at-bat of the game, but then struck out New York’s Aaron Judge and Houston’s George Springer to close out the inning.
Judge won the Home Run Derby on Monday, and leads the American League in homers.
Sale was just as impressive in the first inning. He got Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon to line out to Judge in right field before striking out hometown favorite, Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton. Washington’s Bryce Harper fought off an inside pitch and punched it into left for a single, but Sale got San Francisco’s Buster Posey to fly out to center to end the threat.
Sale pitched the second, allowing back-to-back singles to the first two batters. Washington’s Jordan Zimmerman then grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, and Sale finished his outing by striking out Miami’s Marcell Ozuna.