Tuesday, July 10, 2012

National League Wins Third Straight All Star Game

The National League beat the American League, 8-0 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Just three years ago, the AL was riding a seven game winning streak. Times have changed, the AL last won in 2009.

This was the third straight win for the National League in the All Star Game. The NL secures home field advantage in this years World Series.

Justin Vernlander, the American League starting pitcher had a poor performance. The NL rocked him for five runs in the first inning.

Melkey Cabrera got things started for the NL with a one out single. Ryan Braun drove in Cabrera with a one out double. With Braun on second, Carlos Beltran and Buster Posey both walked with two outs to load the bases. Pablo Sandoval followed and hit a bases clearing triple off the wall.Dan Uggla drove Sandoval in with a single to make it 5-0 at the top of the first inning.

Thing quieted down for a while. It was a pitchers duel until the NL scored three runs in the fourth inning.

It looked like the AL was going to get another one, two, three inning in the fourth inning after Sandova and Uggla both flied out for the first two outs of the inning. Then, Rafael Furcal got the party started with a two out triple. Matt Holiday drove in Furcal with a single. Cabrera then hit a two run homer to make the score 8-0.

This marked the first time that a team was shut out in the All Star Game since 1996. Eleven pitchers combined on the shutout for the National League. San Francisco Giants, pitcher, Matt Cain picked up the win for the NL while Justin Verlander picked up the loss for the AL. This marked the first time since 1994-1996 that the NL had won three straight All Star Games. 

San Francsisco Giants, Center Fielder, Melkey Cabrera was named the 2012 MLB All Star Game MVP after going 2-3 with two RBI's.

The all stars will get a short break before the MLB resumes regular season play on Friday.

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