SAN DIEGO — Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit a bases empty home run against White Sox ace Chris Sale in the first inning of the All-Star Game Tuesday at Petco Park.
Bryant, batting third for the National League, the visiting team, hit Sale’s fourth pitch after the lefty retired Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist on a fly ball to left and Bryce Harper on a grounder to second.
Bryant hit Sale’s first pitch, a low 96-mph fastball on the inner half of the plate. Wil Myers then struck out to end the inning.
Bryant was 0-for-6 with six strikeouts against Sale last season. Sale threw him a pretty good pitch after recording two quick outs but Bryant, a good low ball hitter, ripped it into the left field seats.
For Sale, it was nine pitches, six strikes and an inning-ending strikeout against hometown star Wil Myers.
And that was it as Sale, as expected, logged one inning in his first All-Star start after three relief appearances and one no-participation. Corey Kluber replaced Sale, and the AL took a 3-1 lead on homers by Kansas City Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez against Johnny Cueto.