Beltran and Nady slug-fest do in American
Leaguers in All-Star Game
National League All-Stars behind the big bats of
Carlos Beltran and Xavier Nady
dismantled the American League All-Stars by
slugging 5 home runs combined and defeating the
American League All-Stars by a score of 17-1.
The National League All-Stars managed by
Gladiators manger Kevin Hitt said, "I have never
seen a display like this in All-Star history.
These guys were hot and facing the best pitching
in the league."
Scott Kazmir got the start against Halo's ace Johan Santana.
Kazmir struck out Hanley Ramirez to start the
game then issued two consecutive walks to Joe
Mauer and Travis Hafner. Kazmir then
got Manny Ramirez to line out to third
and struck out Jermaine Dye to get out of
Santana looked to be in control of the game
early by striking out Gary Matthews and
Jason Bay, before giving up a single to
Albert Pujols. Santana got Michael Barret
to ground out getting Pujols on a fielder's
choice. The flood gates would open up for the
National League after this...
Kazmir would retire the side in order in the
top of the second inning and then watch as Nady
hit a two run homerun scoring Chase Utley
who pinch ran after Jeff Kent reached on
an error by Hafner.
Roy Oswalt took the mound in the top
of third allowing the only run the American
League All-Stars would score. Joe Crede
took an Oswalt 0-2 pitch deep to left that just
curled inside the foul pole. After Mauer
singled, Oswalt got Hafner to fly out to
centerfield, and then walked Manny Ramirez
on 5 pitches. Lance Berkman then came in
to pinch hit for Matt Holiday who had
struck out against Kazmir in the 1st. Oswalt
struck Berkman out in a huge clutch situation to
keep the National League on top.
Brandon Webb would get pounded by the
NL All-Stars without recording an out. Matthews
singled to center field which brought up
Beltran. Beltran crushed a Webb pitch deep into
the right field bleachers putting the NL
All-Stars up 4-1. Webb walked Pujols, then saw
Michaal Barrett double to the gap in
left-center field, scoring Pujols. Webb got the
hook as Manager Rocky Hall went to
Fransisco Liriano. Liriano's first pitch was
wild moving Barrett to third. Utley hit an
infield single scoring Barrett. Liriano then got
Garret Atkins to ground into a double
play, before facing Nady with two out. Nady then
took Liriano deep for his second homerun of the
game, "To hit one homerun in the All-Star game
was a highlight of my career, I never thought
I'd hit two."
The home town then got to see their very own
Jake Peavy come in and shut down Dye,
Guerrero, and Uggla in order in the top of the
Liriano struck out David Wright for the 1st
out in the bottom of the 4th, but would give way
to Joel Zumaya after giving up a
line-drive single to right field by Carl
Crawford. Up steps Beltran who already had
one homerun. Beltran took a fastball deep into
the right field bleachers to hit his second of
the day, picking up two RBI's. "After watchings
the "X" man get his two, I just went up there
thinking, get a good pitch to drive." That would
be Beltran's 2nd homer and 4th RBI of the game.
Zumaya would then get Pujols to pop up to first
and Barrett to ground out to first.
NL's Barry Zito, following the trend set
by his teammates, would sit down the AL in order
getting Rivera, and both Ramirez'.
C.C. Sabathia would be Hall's next
pitcher for the bottom of the 5th. Sabathia
quickly got in trouble after Utley singled and
Robinson Cano walked. Xavier Nady bidding
for his third homerun would have to settle for
an RBI single instead, scoring Utley from 2nd
Base. David Wright would then double down the
third base line scoring Nady. After Sabathia
walked Carl Crawford to load the bases, Joe
Nathan came out of the pen to try and shut
down this hot offense. Didn't happen! With the
bases loaded Pujols takes a 1-0 pitch down the
3rd base line for a double clearing the bases.
Davis Ross comes in to pinch-hit for Barrett and
is struck out by Nathan. By that time the score
In the top of the 7th Justin Verlander
came in and struck out McCann and Berkman while
Ramirez grounded out to first.
The bottom of the 6th saw the NL All-Stars
get two more runs off the AL's Chris Ray
because of a Ray miscue and a single by Renteria
coupled with a Sacrifice fly by Scott Rolen
16-1 National League.
The top of the 7th saw the AL try to mount a
rally after Garret Anderson doubled of
off the NL's Fransisco Cordero with one
out. AL Manager Rocky Hall then brought in
"Big Papi" to try and get something started.
Cordero was lifted for Ramon Vazquez who
got Ortiz to fly out and Rivera to pop out to
The bottom of the 7th would see a historic
moment in Thunder Bay Baseball history as Carlos
Beltran took Roy Halladay's first pitch
even further than the last two to the right
field bleachers for homerun number 3. Carlos
Beltran couldn't believe it himself saying, "I
didn't even try to hit that third homerun. It
just came right off the bat. I knew it when I
hit it." After that historic blast, Halladay
would get Morneau, Ross and Utley in order.
Akinori Otsuka would come for the NL
All-Stars in the top of the 8th getting both
Tejada and Ramirez before giving up a single to
McCann. Otsuka then got Manny Ramirez to ground
into a fielder's choice ending the inning.
The 8th inning would be one of two innings in
which the NL All-Stars wouldn't score.
Mariano Rivera would be the only AL pitcher
not to give up any runs earned or otherwise.
Rivera gave up a single to the first batter he
faced in Cano, but then got LaRoche, Renteria,
and Rolen in order to save an inning with no
The top of the 9th came and went with no
sense of urgency as BJ Ryan and
Jonathan Papelbon shut down the Al All-Stars
in the ninth.
Unbelievable hitting, couple with virtually
un-hittable pitching spelled doom for the AL
All-Stars. The NL All-Star pitching staff gave
up an incredibly stingy 5 hits over the course
of 9 innings. Looks like revenge might be in
order for next year's mid-summer classic.
The MVP Award
was split between Carlos Beltran and Xavier Nady
here for the box score.