TWO-HOMER HEALY THRILLS SOUTH LEAUGE WITH WALKOFF SLAM
LAS VEGAS – Ryon Healy drilled a walkoff grand slam for his second homer in the final two innings as the South League halted its seven-year All-Star Game skid with a thrilling 9-5 victory at Citi Field.
Healy, the Memphis designated hitter selected as the final reserve on the SL roster, followed Mookie Betts’ tying double and an intentional walk to Matt Wieters by driving a 1-2 pitch from Dellin Betances over the left field wall.
An inning earlier, Healy led off by driving Nate Jones’ first pitch out to left after the North broke a 3-3 tie in the top half against Cam Bedrosian on Daniel Murphy’s RBI double and a sacrifice fly by Kris Bryant.
Trea Turner started the SL ninth by beating out a grounder to second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Betances relieved Jones and Luis Valbuena coaxed a walk after fouling off a 2-2 offering. Betts then lined a double to the left field gap, scoring Turner and setting the stage for Healy.
The slam earned a win for Kenley Jansen, who struck out three of the four batters he faced after the SL registered just four strikeouts in the first eight innings. Betances suffered his second All-Star loss in three years, one with each side.
Betts scored three times for the South, coming home on a Jon Lester wild pitch in a two-run first and on a Gary Sanchez double off Corey Kluber in the third that made it 3-1. The NL pulled even on solo homers by Yoenis Cespedes off Chris Devenski in the fourth and Josh Donaldson off Addison Reed in the seventh.
Healy became the first Melee to claim MVP honors as the South won its first All-Star game since since 2009 and improved to 7-9 overall. Toronto will host the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park.