With a 3-1 victory the National League won its first All-Star game since 1996 putting an end to a 13 year win less drought (0-12-1) in the process. In the year of the pitcher, starters Ulbado Jimenez and David Price set the tone combining to pitch 4 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits with 2 strikeouts.
NL pitchers combined for 9 IP, 1 ER, and 8 K as Nationals reliever Matt Capps (2/3 IP, 0 ER, 1 K) picked up the win. Yankee starter Phil Hughes (1/3 IP, 2 ER) was the losing pitcher as he and Matt Thornton (1/3, 1 ER) combined to allow all 3 NL runs.
Braves catcher Brian McCann (1 for2, 3 RBI) became the second Brave (Fred McGriff, ’94) to win a All-Star game MVP after his 2 out, 3 run double in the top of the 7th provided the NL with all the offense it needed. McCann had this to say about his game winning hit:
"Thornton I faced him a couple times he’s got, probably, one of the best left handed fast balls in the game. I knew I had to get going alittle earlier then normal. Luckily I got a pitch up in the zone and I was able to connect on it.”
With Jose Reyes unable to play, David Wright was the lone Mets representative in tonight’s All-Star game and he did not disappoint, going 2 for 2 with a stolen base, extending his mid summer classic hit streak to 5 games in the process.
David is now an impressive 6 for 13 (.462) in his 5 All-Star game appearances. For anyone who may be wondering, as I was, Charlie Gehringer holds the record for highest career batting average (.500) amongst players that have made at least 5 appearances.
In the top of the 2nd inning Wright faced Tampa Bay ace, David Price and drove a single off the glove of Yankees second baseman...TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST AND OTHERS LIKE IT HEAD OVER TO METSZILLA.COM BY CLICKING HERE: