Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hart, Braun Unremarkable in All-Star Game

Ryan Braun delivered the first highlight of the 2010 All-Star game when he made probably the best defensive play he's made since he switched to left field, robbing Josh Hamilton of extra bases in the fourth inning. But other than that one play, the Milwaukee Brewers representatives did nothing of note in the annual Midsummer Classic. And that's nothing new.

Ever since I can remember, it's been rarer than rare for a Brewer to get on base much less make an offensive play that really made a difference in the All-Star game. Both Ryan Braun and Corey Hart had a chance to bring home some fellow National Leaguers in the fifth inning, but both men attributed for the first two outs of the frame. The National League was unable to bring anyone home, and had they lost it would have been this inning where they let the game get away. The Brewers didn't do much outside of that inning either as they both went hitless, pushing Braun to 0-for-7 lifetime in the game, while Hart is 0-for-4.

The Senior Circuit did it without the Brewers though, as Brian McCann hit a three-run double in the seventh inning to give the National League all the support they'd need. The National Leaguers won the game 3-1, giving themselves their first win in the game since 1996, and their first win in the contest since it started to "matter". As much as we hate the Cubs here at TBC, we have to give credit to Marlon Byrd for his put out of David Ortiz in the bottom of the ninth inning, a defensive gem of a play which helped the NL win. This was a game that followed this season's trend and was all about the pitching, and the offense was few and far between.

It's fitting that our Brewers representatives did little to contribute, because they really haven't been contributing ever since they joined the NL in 1998. This is actually the first time the National League has won an All-Star game since the Brewers switched leagues, which somehow says a lot without saying much at all. It wasn't the most exciting game in the world, but it sure beat anything else I would have come up with on this idle Tuesday night. Go baseball.

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