(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — After losing 12 straight, the National League has now won three All-Star games in a row, this time by blanking the American League 8-0 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, Tuesday night.
American League starter Justin Verlander allowed five runs in the first inning, including a three-run triple to the San Francisco Giants Pablo Sandoval.
“I never faced him before(Verlander),” Sandoval said when talking about the triple. “He’s one of the best pitchers in the leagues right now so I didn’t try to do too much out there. I tried to put the ball in play, you know, get a pitch I could hit. He don’t got control of his fastball. That was the chance I got. When he has command of his fastball that is trouble, but I got a pitch I could hit.”
Despite Sandoval’s three RBI’s, he wasn’t the MVP of the game. That went to his teammate Melky Cabrera. Cabrera had two hits in the win including a home run. Giants right-hander Matt Cain was the winning pitcher, throwing two-innings of scoreless ball.
The game was also the last All-Star game for Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.
The eight-time All-Star singled in his only at-bat of the game.
“I really didn’t let myself get caught up in the emotion of it,” Jones said when talking about it being his last All-Star game. “I just wanted to enjoy it with my teammates. It was my first time here in Kansas City, and they put on a show. I’m not going to get caught up in the personal stuff. I wanted to help us win three straight games.”
The 8-0 victory is the NL’s most lopsided All-Star victory. It was the first All-Star shutout since 1996.
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