Amidst the rabble rabble of the Kansas City-boos-Robinson Cano narrative and the NO-A-THIRD-BASEMAN-WITH-A-CUTE-NICKNAME-SHOULD-NOT-START arguments, there was an actual exhibition game that was played.
And this time, folks, it counts.
I don’t know what happened, but Justin Verlander was rather … not himself in the first inning, giving up five earned runs. So the AL had that going for them early on.
Giants players National League drove in runs upon runs upon runs. But the most notable one was this guy:
Melky Cabrera went 2-for-3 on the night with two RBI, two runs scored and one home run. His fellow All-Star Giants also made some noise in the game: National League starter Matt Cain pitched two scoreless innings and got the win. Starting third baseman Pablo Sandoval went 1- for-2 with a run scored and a three-run triple.
Ryan Braun made a pretty spectacular catch in the fourth inning to rob Prince Fielder of at least a double. Which was probably rivaled by Bryce Harper’s derp moment in the fifth.
Other than that, it was a pretty ho-hum game. Quiet, but then again, what else would you expect from a game that was a blowout from the first inning?
But, alas. Baseball fans everywhere endured yet another game with one Joe Buck and one Tim McCarver and lived to tell the tale. Or put the TV on mute.
The National League beat the Ameican League by the final score of 8-0. San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was named MVP of the All-Star Game.