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NL dominates in first All-Star shutout since 1996

Jul 10, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

National League All-Star Cabrera holds out a hand to American League All-Star Cano after hitting a two run home run at the Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Kansas City Reuters

It was all National League, right from the start.

Pablo Sandoval and company jumped on Justin Verlander to take a 5-0 lead in the top of the first and cruised from there on the way to an 8-0 victory for the NL in the 83rd All-Star Game, the third straight win for the Senior Circuit.

Sandoval delivered the first bases-loaded triple in All-Star Game history in the first off Verlander. Giants teammate Melky Cabrera proved to be the game’s MVP. He singled and scored in the first and later hit a two-run homer in the fourth, concluding the scoring for the night.

Verlander joined Jim Palmer (AL, 1977), Tom Glavine (NL, 1992) and Roger Clemens (NL, 2004) as the only starters to give up at least five runs in an All-Star Game.

The shutout was the first since the NL blanked the AL 6-0 in 1996. The lone common player in that game and this one was Chipper Jones, who had a single tonight in his final All-Star appearance.

While this one was a rout, the National Leaguers did all of their scoring in two frames. Besides Verlander, only the Rangers’ Matt Harrison got hit, giving up three runs in the fourth. A’s rookie Ryan Cook was particularly impressive, striking out two in an 11-pitch seventh inning.

Matt Cain pitched two scoreless innings after getting the call to start for the NL team. Only Clayton Kershaw, who gave up two hits and a walk (one of the hits coming on a ball left fielder Bryce Harper lost in the lights), had to pitch his way out of trouble.

No American Leaguer had multiple hits, but rookie Mike Trout singled and walked. He also became the first baserunner all year to steal a base off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Besides the two Giants, the NL’s third offensive star was Ryan Braun, who doubled and tripled. The NL team had three triples in all; one apiece from Braun, Sandoval and Rafael Furcal.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    I can’t believe I stuck with this thing until the end.

    P.S. that anthem singer gave us a slower rendition than the Bleeding Gums Murphy one.

  2. butchhuskey - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Year after year, I tune in to the All Star Game thinking I will be entertained. But the truth is that I find it unbelievably boring. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t get any excitement out of watching the Midsummer Classic.

  3. johnnyb1976 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    We will never hear the end of this from giant fans.

    • stampede101 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:08 AM


    • sfchamps2010 - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      Giants fans wouldn’t have said sh*t if all YOU HATERS would just shut up but it’s ok 3runs 5rbis and the win that all the giants did…………………SUCK IT!!!!

      • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:22 AM

        Revel in it 2010. There are Brewers fans pretty fired about Braun’s Triple and Double.
        There are also Cardinals fans fired up about the Birds on the Bat going back-to-back with Furcal’s Triple and Hollidays RBI Single. Good work by the Giants. Good work by NL.

  4. mybrunoblog - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    If Cano would have slapped Cabrera’s hand after the HR I would have thrown up all the hot wings I had just devoured.

  5. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:24 PM


  6. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    They needed to put a paper bag on the M. Monroe wannabe.

  7. nineroutsider - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Did Giants fans stuff the ballot box? I don’t know, I didn’t even vote (waste of time) and I’m a huge Giants fan, but I don’t have a hard time imagining some fans coding up scripts to automate the process.

    Good thing though for the NL. It wasn’t all Giants that won this thing, but it seemed like it through my orange and black eyes. Will be helpful in November when the Giants do it again!

    • nineroutsider - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      Orange & Black

    • ajcardsfan - Jul 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      Can’t completely blame Giants fans, I voted for both Cabrera and Cain

  8. nineroutsider - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Damn, didn’t work…

    • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Oh – you’re interested in alchemy too?

      • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:08 AM

        Or how about – oh, you’re into skydiving too?

      • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:09 AM

        Or maybe – yeah, Cialis is a waste of time. Stick with Viagra.

  9. Old Gator - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    And now the triumphant National Leaguers go home to play real baseball on Friday, and the outsmarted American Leaguers drag their clubs back to the waning days of the Pleistocene to resume that ever-so-stylized mammoth hunt known as designatedhitterball.

    • bigharold - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:32 AM

      The last time that the NL won in a shut was 96?

      Wasn’t that the start of a good run for the Yankees?

      Yeah Baby!!!

  10. APBA Guy - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    OG, don’t tell me you watched this game. Surely somewhere there was a mojito with your name on it, or if you must connect to baseball, an El Presidente?

    • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Well ackcherley, I was at the Luna Star Cafe in Little Port Au Prince (North Macondo to the uninitiated) being fussed over on the eve of my birthday by the lissome Brie and listening to the sublime Jorge Heilperin, an Argentine troubador of the first rank (you could think of him as a Borgesian variant on the Joan Manuel Serrat model), and his wonderful flamenco-guitar and oddball percussion trio. However, I had my obnoxiously intrusive little peecture phone on the table, discreetly hidden behind the wreckage of my field greens, cranberry, walnut and gorgonzola salad and iced decaffeinated cappuccino in the old doggery-style mason jar (Nineteen twenty went and stepped to the bar / drank to the dregs of the whiskey jar….[Hunter/Garcia]). I was waiting for R. A. Dickey with the best intentions of disconnecting thereafter – which I did.

      So now, in the extremely unlikely event that the Feesh make it to the World Series (though I think it more likely that Ahmadinejad will become a Unitarian) they’ll have home field advantage. Whoo-peeeeeeee.

  11. charlutes - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    Thank you Mathew for writing up the actual game. Silva’s odyssey of traveling to Kansas City where he thinks he’s in Narnia and writes a thesis on everything but baseball was getting annoying.

    • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Thank you Drew for your belletristic take on KC and the surreality zone into which the All Star Game hoopla transformed the second-greatest city for jazz in North America. Ignore the Philistines hereon. It was a beautifully written series.

  12. sknut - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    It’s amazing how we are at the all star break already, seems yesterday we were fired up about spring training and boom it’s mid-July. Even though my squad is hopeless out of it, this still makes me sad and makes me realize how fast the season goes.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Even worse…the older you get the quicker it goes.

      • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Not only that, as you get older and it goes quicker, you go slower.

        Fuck the fundamentalists. Einstein was right.

    • thefalcon123 - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      Well sknut, this is because your perception of time speeds up with age.

      “In a groundbreaking article, T. L. Freeman discusses the relationship between actual age and effective age1. His conclusion is that the passing of the years goes faster as we grow older. This makes sense; for instance when you are 10 years of age, a year represents 10% of your life, and seems like a very long time. However, when you are 50 years old, one year has reduced to only 2% of your life, and hence seems only one-fifth as long.”

      More here:

      If this crushingly depressing bit of information hampers your day, I hear drugs are good for it. Either that, or just sitting on the couch with a general sadness inside helps.

      • sknut - Jul 11, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        thefalcon123 thank you for the insight and that does make a ton of sense.

        I will do this—drink heavily—-then sit on couch with said sadness—–think about next spring training for hope springs eternal and my squad can bounce back (Twins).

  13. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Is 6 hits enough to say that the NL pitchers “scattered” 6 hits.

    Just pointing something out, probably not much to it, though: that’s the second time this year I’ve seen Bryce Harper completely lose a fly ball hit right at him.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      I think it’s good if the hits were spread out (scattered) throughout the entire game.
      Which (if I am remembering correctly)…is how it happened.
      I missed the ball Harper lost. Not that it carries any weight…but I don’t remember them giving him an error. Or did they?

  14. stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    “Fuck the fundamentalists. Einstein was right.”
    Hahaha! What Gator said.

    • Old Gator - Jul 11, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      So was Darwin, by the way.

  15. savocabol1 - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I spent a total of 1 min watching this game. I think I stayed 30 seconds too long.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      AL fan huh?

  16. simonfoster231171 - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Cain is the 1st Pitcher to have a perfect game and ASG W since Koufax in 65. Wonder who won the WS in 65 – oh yeah, the Dodgers, wasn’t it? Interestingly enough, Koufax won the Cy Young that year and the Dodgers beat the Twins 4-3 in the Fall Classic …

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