If you asked most baseball fans what their prediction was for the 2012 All Star Game, most would have picked the American League. With guys like Prince Fielder (Detroit Tigers) and Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays) in the AL lineup, it seemed as those the American League was ready to get a win after losing the last two.
However, they were in for a rude awakening.
Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers) was on the mound for the American League, the reigning Cy Young and MVP. After striking out lead off batter, Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies), Verlander looked ready to dominate. Melky Cabrera (San Francisco Giants) then stroked a one out single to left center and scored on Ryan Braun’s (Milwaukee Brewers) double. National League was up 1-0. Verlander struck out Joey Votto (Cincinnatti Reds) looking, but then walked Carlos Beltran (St. Louis Cardinals) and Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants) to load the bases. Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) was now at the plate. There was quite a controversy surrounding Sandoval’s start as many believed that David Wright (New York Mets) should be starting in his place. Sandoval proved that he was an All Star by hitting a bases loaded triple. National League up 4-0 now. The Kung Fu Panda came home on a hit by Dan Uggla (Atlanta Braves) to give the National League a five run lead.
On the opposing mound, Matt Cain (San Francisco Giants) pitched two scoreless innings with one hit and one strikeout. Rafael Furcal (St. Louis Cardinals) tripled and then Matt Holiday (St. Louis Cardinals) singled to give the National League another run, which was more than the pitching staff needed in Kansas City. Melky Cabrera added some more insurance with a two run home run into the letf field seats to make it 8-0. Cabrera was later named MVP of the All Star Game.
The National League made the rest of the game look relatively easy, as they won the All Star Game for their third straight year and secured home field advantage in the World Series.