After arguably one of the best first halves in recent memory, Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke was chosen to start the 2015 All-Star Game for the National League.
Once Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals took himself out of the running by pitching on Sunday, NL manager Bruce Bochy said it was a “no-brainer” to start Greinke. Joc Pederson joined Greinke in the starting lineup to give the Dodgers two starters for the first time since 1995.
Since the NL was the home team, Greinke was the first one on the mound and his night started off in the worst possible way when he allowed a solo home run to Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and then walked Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays. The 31-year-old then settled in and struck out the next two hitters before getting an inning-ending groundout. He came back out for the second inning and got two more strikeouts and another groundout. The former AL Cy Young award winner finished his night with four strikeouts in two innings.
The NL would eventually fall by a score of 6-2 to the AL, with Greinke’s fellow Dodger Clayton Kershaw taking the loss after allowing two runs in his inning of work.