San Francisco Giants Prove All-Star Worthy
The Kung-Fu Panda did something no major leaguer was able to do thus far this season. Justin Verlander, when pitching with two-outs always goes to his trusty curve-ball as he has held opposing batters to 0-27. "Not today, junior!" He delivered the curve and Pablo slapped the ball high and deep into right field and it caromed off the wall for a bases-clearing triple, giving the NL a 5-0 first-inning lead.
San Francisco scored three of the NL five runs in the first inning. Sandoval pushed in three runs on his own. But the Giants weren't done just yet. Matt Cain, named the starter of the NL squad for the first time in his career, held the AL scoreless through two innings with one strikeout to get the victory.
But they still weren't done. Melky Cabrera decided a single and a run wasn't enough. He pushed the NL lead in the fourth inning with a two-run shot to left field. It's no surprise he was able to lift a pitch into the outfield bullpen while batting right-handed as he is hitting over .450 for the season from that side of the plate. It isn't surprising that he took home MVP honors, either.
Cain said it best: "They definitely put their bats where everybody's mouths were."
All the negative talk about how Giants fans managed to stuff the ballot box in making sure their players start the All-Star game now turns positive as each NL team can thank them for securing home-field advantage in this years World Series.
Although Clayton Kershaw of their arch-rival Los Angeles Dodgers, would not take it as far as thanking the Giants representatives for the win: "I'm not going to thank them, but I'm glad we would have home-field advantage."