American League 3 National League 0 W-Sale L-Corbin SV-Nathan
On a 90 degree night in Flushing, New York, the best players in Major League Baseball showed off their talents under the lights at Citi Field. The American League snapped a three-game losing streak to the National League this evening with fantastic pitching. Jose Bautista put the AL on the board in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly to center field. Miguel Cabrera tagged up from third and scored on the play and the American League led 1-0. J.J. Hardy would extend the lead in the fifth against Cliff Lee. Hardy hit a groundball to second basemen, Brandon Phillips, who threw to second to retire Joe Mauer. Adam Jones scored on the fielder’s choice and the AL led 2-0. The American League would get another insurance run in the eighth. Jason Kipnis hit a two-out RBI double, which scored Salvador Perez and the AL had a three-run lead for Mariano Rivera and Joe Nathan. Rivera pitched a perfect eighth in his final All-Star game and Nathan threw a scoreless ninth to secure the win for the American League.
-Final Thoughts- Joe Mauer went 1 for 2 tonight for the American League. He lined out to Carlos Gonzalez in his first at-bat and singled to left during his second time at the plate. He caught the first six innings for the AL. Salvador Perez came in for Mauer defensively in the seventh and caught the rest of the game. Glen Perkins was close to entering the ballgame, but never made an appearance. Jim Leyland had Perkins warming up in the ninth and if Joe Nathan did not retire Pedro Alvarez for the final out then he would have came in to a save situation. Mariano Rivera easily won the MVP of the game. Rivera needed sixteen pitches for a perfect eighth inning. I would have liked to see Rivera pitch the ninth, but I understand why Jim Leyland made the move. He needed to get Rivera into the game and he was not guaranteed a ninth inning. Robinson Cano left the game in the first inning after he was hit by Matt Harvey in the right knee. Cano tried to stay in the game, but had to be pinch-ran for after one hitter. Next season the All-Star Game is at Target Field and I am eagerly awaiting the day. I will attend all three days of the festivities in what should be an unforgettable experience for myself.
The 3013 All-Star Game Fan Fest site is up and running (thanks to Mets Police for being up on things so early).There are 45 different “attractions” listed on the site. Some of my favorites are:
GAME SAVING CATCH Recreate your favorite over-the-wall catch and have your photo taken to capture the moment.
HOMETOWN HEROES Visit a tribute to baseball in New York. View a collection of memorabilia and artifacts from Mets’ history. Stand in an amazing life size team photo and give your best home team member pose.
LIVE RADIO AUTOGRAPH STAGES Come and listen to your favorite local broadcasts, meet baseball Legends and obtain free autographs.
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL® View New Era caps from all 160 Minor League Baseball® clubs on the MLBASFF Minor League Cap Wall while locating the teams on the massive Map Wall.
STEAL A BASE, STEAL A TACO - Presented by Taco Bell Compete against your favorite MLB base runners and try to steal second base. Make sure you pick up your FREE Taco Bell taco after you win the race.