Bieber's Perfect 5th Inning
Earns Him MVP Honors
For the sixth time in the city's history, Cleveland hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star Game with three days of festivities at Progressive Field. Pitching in his own ballpark for the first time participating in the mid-summer classic, 24-year-old Shane Bieber made the most of his opportunity.
Bieber stepped on the mound in the fifth inning with his American League squad on top 1-0 to face Wilson Contreras of the Cubs, Arizona 2B Ketel Marte and Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves. He punched out Contreras looking, fanned Marte with a knuckle-curve, then received a standing ovation by striking out the side with Acuna looking.
The A.L. would go on to win for the seventh consecutive year with a 4-3 victory with Bieber providing the most memorable moment of the night. The late addition to the All-Star roster would be named MVP for his perfect fifth inning, becoming just the fourth pitcher in A.L. history to strike out the side in the only inning they pitched.