After 13 consecutive games without a win, the National League All-Stars were finally able to pull off a victory against the American League All-Stars by a score of 3-1. After going 0-12-1 and being outscored 76-48 the last 13 games, Brian McCann, of the Atlanta Braves, hit a bases clearing 3-run double off of Chicago White Sox’s Matt Thornton in the 7th inning to give the National League the lead. Jonathon Broxton, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, closed out the bottom of the 9th inning for the National League and secured the league’s first victory since 1996 when the All-Star game was held in Philadelphia at the old Veterans Stadium.
Last night’s All-Star game, much like the first half of the 2010 season, was about pitching. The combined record of last night’s starting pitchers was an amazing 27-5 (Ubaldo Jimenez is 15-1 and David Price is 12-4). The starting lineups for both leagues only hit for a combined average of .222 (the NL hit for .211 and the AL hit for .235). With last night’s win, the National League secured home field advantage for the 2010 World Series in October.