Holy crap, was that a long game. The longest All Star game ever, if MLB’s game wrap is to be believed.
Of course, the National League was on the losing end of things, as they have been since Bill Clinton’s first presidential term. You know, back when the economy was rocking along without a .com bubble popping in site.
Now that I think about it, it’s probably all the American League’s fault that the bubble did burst, not the wild speculation on a new way of doing things that didn’t make any fiscal sense whatsoever. No, not that. It was the evil, evil DH.
But back to the game. It was a low-scoring affair, as is often the case when the best hitters meet the best pitchers. Pitchers rule, hitters drool, as they never say.
The National League did take an early lead, scoring runs in the 5th and 6th, but the Reds’ Edinson Volquez promptly gave them up. The Astros Miguel Tejada scored on a sacrifice fly to return the lead to the National League, but it was the last run they’d score.
Billy Wagner came in and allowed a tying run to score, which plunged the game into extra innings. The Pirates’ Nate McLouth extended the game by throwing out the winning run at the plate in the 11th, but there were no more runs in the National League’s bats. Probably the fault of the maple tree.
In the bottom of the 15th, former Astro Brad Lidge came on. Although he’s no longer broken from that Albert Pujols home run so many moons ago, he did lose the game. Justin Morneau scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Young, and the National League extended its winless streak to 12 years.
There’s always next year.