AL tops NL 3-0 in MLB All-Star Game
The American League defeated the National League 3-0 in the 2013 MLB All-Star game on Tuesday in Citi Field.
According to the Associated Press, the American League had ten pitchers combine for a three-hitter to end their three game losing streak in the Midsummer Classic. The American League now has home field advantage in the World Series with the victory.
The American League scored their first run in the fourth inning off Patrick Corbin, when Jose Bautista hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Miguel Cabrera. They also tacked on runs in the fifth inning when J.J Hardy hit in to a fielder’s choice and in the eighth inning from a Jason Kipnis double.
Starting pitchers Matt Harvey and Max Scherzer pitched well in their All-Star debuts. Scherzer threw one inning, retiring the side in order. Harvey pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three batters.
However, Harvey hit Robinson Cano in the first inning with a fastball in the knee which forced Cano to leave the game, according to MLB.com. “Obviously that was the last thing I wanted to do was go out there and possibly injure somebody,” said Harvey.
Cano had x-rays taken and they came back negative. He is expected to play for the Yankees on Friday.
In his final All-Star appearance, Mariano Rivera threw a perfect eighth inning. Before he pitched, the record crowd of 45,186 at Citi Field gave Rivera a 90-second standing ovation with Rivera standing on the mound.
Joe Nathan closed out the game for the American League to earn the save. The American League has earned home field advantage for seven out of the ten years that the All-Star Game awarded the winning league home field advantage.