Trout, who is the face of the Angels' franchise, has been open about his struggles to process the sudden death of his teammate, but said Tuesday's All-Star Game might be beneficial for the healing process.
McNeil is leading the majors with a.349 batting average, an impressive feat seeing how he made his major league debut less than a year ago.
NL batters struck out 16 times with eight of the nine AL pitchers recording at least one strikeout.
"I kind of expected it, to be honest", Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant said.
Winning pitcher Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees, Lucas Giolito of the White Sox and Shane Greene of the Detroit Tigers did their parts to protect the lead with scoreless innings.
"I know it's the year of the home run, but pitching dominated today", Colorado slugger Nolan Arenado said.
The All-Star game is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET from Progressive Field in Cleveland. Jorge Polanco of the Minnesota Twins drove in a run with an infield single for a 2-0 edge in the fifth.
Brantley heard an even bigger roar in the second inning with an RBI double off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for a 1-0 lead.
"I had no idea", Lindor said.
The biggest misplay of the night might have been on the scoreboard.
David Dahl didn't fare any better.
"That was tough, to see deGrom's picture up there", McNeil said. And I know he is looking out over us tonight. "I saw him put his jersey on".
The Tribe's Carlos Santana, who competed in Monday's Home Run Derby, will start at first base in his first Midsummer Classic.
The crowd chanted "Let's Go Bieber", during his performance, and it's an anthem that will likely be heard each time he takes the mound going forward.
AL All-Star starter Justin Verlander was been among the players most vocal in claiming the ball has changed.
"This is all for him", Trout said of the plan to wear Skaggs's number.