Orioles second baseman is driven in by Sano in fifth inning
By Mandy Ball
MIAMI -- Jonathan Schoop sparked the American League offense in the fifth inning with a two-out double that allowed him to score the first run of the 88th All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, a 10-inning, 2-1 American League victory.
After replacing starter Jose Altuve of the Astros at second base in the bottom of the fourth inning, Schoop came to the plate in the fifth with the score still tied, 0-0. The second baseman worked a seven-pitch at-bat before launching a changeup off of Dodgers lefty Alex Wood down the third-base line and into the left-field corner to give him a stand-up double.
"I'm just glad that I was here to enjoy it. When my time came to come in the game, just go out there and show people what I can do," Schoop said. "It was fun. It was one of the best experiences in my life, so far. You know, having fun, playing in front of the crowd was good and it was a good experience for me."
With Schoop running on contact from second, Twins third baseman Miguel Sano's bloop single to shallow right was enough for Schoop to cross the plate, giving the American League a 1-0 lead.
Schoop is the third Oriole to double in an All-Star Game in the last five years, joining teammates Adam Jones (2013) and Manny Machado (2015).
"It was good. Get a double out of the way and then score, it was really good. I'm really happy right now," Schoop said. "I'm trying to do better every day. I want to be better than I was yesterday. I've faced [Wood] before. I know what he's got. I just tried to put a good swing and hit the ball hard."
With Altuve being voted the starting second baseman for the American League, Schoop said prior to Tuesday's game that he was not given an idea of when he would come off the bench, which caused more nerves and butterflies.
"[There are] a little nerves in there," Schoop said prior to the game. "I think any human being, if it's the second-, first-, 10th- or whatever-time All-Star, you got to feel something. You're human, you know?"
For Schoop, his first All-Star experience was more than scoring the first run of the game, but also meeting the players he has known as opponents for his entire career.
"You walk around and just see and get to know them," Schoop said. "Not just play against them, you know, maybe they will become your friends, too, because we all play baseball, but after that we are all human. We are the same humans and become friends with someone else and pick their brain. You never know what they can say to help you in your career."
Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.