MLB All-Star Game: National League Wins -- D-Backs Contribute Zilch
At three games out of first place in the National League West, the Arizona Diamondbacks would have home field advantage in the World Series -- should they miraculously make it -- thanks to the performances of Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder, and the rest of the NL's best in this year's Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
The National League ended up with a 5-1 victory in this year's Midsummer Classic, held at Phoenix's Chase Field, thanks to a fourth inning, three-run shot by Fielder.
The rest of the game -- per usual for a meeting of Major League Baseball's best -- was a snooze-fest.
Boston Red Sox slugger Adrian Gonzalez broke a three-year drought of All-Star Game home runs with a one-run jack for the American League in the fourth, followed promptly by Fielder's three-run shot for the NL in the bottom of the same inning.
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"It was great to have the pitching set up the way it was," NL manager Bruce Bochy told reporters after the game. "It's hard to beat great pitching and a three-run homer."
D-Backs selections Justin Upton and Miguel Montero did a whole-lotta nothing in the NL's win, netting a collective zero hits between the two.
Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier and San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo "kung-fu panda" Sandoval each had RBIs to give the NL a 5-1 lead by the seventh inning -- leading to its fifth win in 24 years.
"That was part of the message, how important it was for us, and how important the game was: Do it again for the National League champion," Bochy continued.
Tonight marked the first time the NL has won back-to-back All-Star Games since the mid-1990s.
Fielder was named the game's MVP.
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