The Airbender took the national spotlight in the 2022 All-Star Game.
Brewers reliever Devin Williams allowed a one-out single but handled the other three batters he faced in the seventh inning of the annual showcase at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, though the National League still lost the game 3-2.
Williams, making his first All-Star Game appearance, opened the inning by shorting a grounder from the Toronto Blue Jays’ Santiago Espinal.
After laughing at the wild movement of William’s famous “Airbender” switch while chatting with the Fox broadcast crew over a live mic, Yankees catcher Jose Trevino reached out to an opponent’s single on first base -Line to place.
Boston’s JD Martinez batted wildly on two straight pitches and struck at Williams for the second time, and Houston’s Kyle Tucker showed up near third base in foul territory.
Williams was added to the squad late. Teammates Josh Hader and Corbin Burnes were added to the roster but said goodbye ahead of time, although Burnes still attended the Los Angeles game.
Burne’s college teammate at St. Mary’s (California) College, Dodgers hurler Tony Gonsolin, faced defeat when he hit homers for the fourth straight run to Giancarlo Stanton and Byron Buxton, which accounted for go-ahead runs.
It’s the ninth straight win for the AL; Burnes worked two innings in last year’s game and accepted the loss.
Williams has not conceded a run since May 10 and has played goalless baseball in his last 26 games (24⅔ innings), with eight hits allowed, eight walks and 40 strikeouts at the stretch. He’s recorded six saves of his own and 23 holds before Hader at close range.
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Joe Davis, the 34-year-old who served as the play-by-play announcer for the Fox show, is from Michigan but attended Beloit College and graduated in 2010. Davis has taken the reins from Joe Buck as Fox’s top voice for major baseball events; He also credits games for Dodgers Television. MLB historian John Thorn also graduated from Beloit.
Jorge López, the Baltimore Orioles sewer drafted by the Brewers and traded in 2018, emerged at the end of the seventh, knocking out both men he faced in just three squares. Texas shortstop Corey Seager made a skillful play in the middle to knock out Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber for the first out, and San Diego’s Jake Cronenworth landed in second place.
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Garrett Cooper, a Marlins first baseman drafted by the Brewers and traded in 2017, struggled with two runners in the sixth against Yankees left-hander Nestor Cortés but smacked out. Leading in ninth place against Cleveland’s Emmanuel Clase, Cooper struck again, this time with three places in view.