Although San Francisco Giant fans received some harsh feedback in relation to the “stuffed ballot boxes” (Ken Rosenthal’s words, not mine), it was Giant fans who got the last laugh as the black and orange contingency ruled the night early in Kansas City during the 2012 All-Star Game.
Former Kansas City Royal and current Giant Melky Cabrera received one of the loudest ovations of the evening during team intros, only second to KC’s own Billy Butler. The bright lights of the Melk Man’s first All-Star game didn’t phase him though as in his first AB, he took a Justin Verlander pitch into left for the first hit of the game. Moments later, Melky opened the scoring as he scored on an RBI triple from Ryan Braun. Cabrera later added a two-run homer off of the Rangers’ Matt Harrison in the fourth, en route to wining the All-Star MVP award. Melky wasn’t the lone Giant to make his presence in the game felt however as the friends he brought along did damage of their own.
Buster Posey, who batted sixth, came up later in the first and drew a walk which loaded the bases for the “cute” and “snugly” Pablo Sandoval, as Mets GM Sandy Alderson refers to him. The Panda launched a deep fly ball into the right field corner that bounced away from Jose Bautista, clearing the bases and giving Sandoval the first ever bases loaded triple in All-Star game history. A hit that certainly lit up the Twitter page of Alderson (@MetsGM).
Sandoval wasn’t the only Giant who’s starting spot in the game was questioned, as many outside of the Bay Area were less than thrilled with Tony LaRussa’s decision to give Cain the start over the Mets’ R.A. Dickey. But Cain, like Panda, proved his worth, throwing two innings of scoreless ball before departing, giving way to the Nationals Gio Gonzales. Cain gave up one hit in his two innings, the lone knock a well placed grounder from Derek Jeter that he just beat out.
Pablo Sandoval: 1-2, 3 RBI, Run Scored
Buster Posey: 0-2, BB, Run Scored, Caught 5 Innings
Melky Cabrera: 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, Two Runs Scored
Matt Cain: 2ip, Win, one hit, 1K
Ball Dudes: No hits, sorry Sandy Alderson