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.
"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.