Mariano and Jeter Shine In AL’s 4-3 All-Star Game Win

 

The American League continued its dominance over the National League, in the 80th All-Star Game, with a crisp two hour, thirty-one minutes, 4-3 victory in the 2009 version of the mid-season Baseball Classic at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. 

This was the American League’s 12th straight victory dating back to 1997. The American League’s streak was interrupted by the infamous 7-7 tie game in 2002. So, this is actually the 13th straight year in which the National League has not won this event. And, exploring the American League’s dominance a little further … since 1988, the American League has won 18 of the last 22 All-Star Games, for a record of 18-3-1 over the National League during this time period.  

Both, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera have now appeared in 10 All-Star Games apiece, and have never been on a losing American League team in this annual classic exhibition game featuring the greatest players in both leagues.

Mark Teixeira was the other Yankee representative in this year’s All-Star Game. 

Roy “Doc” Halladay (10-3, 2.85), of the Toronto Blue Jays, started for the American League; and, Tim Lincecum (10-2, 2.33), of the S.F. Giants, started for the National League. 

Both starters turned in very poor pitching performances — each lasting only two innings on the mound for their respective teams. 

Maybe, all the pre-game festivities, which lasted almost an hour, affected both pitchers pre-game routines.

The game started about 8:45 p.m. ET, and, in my view, is too late to start a baseball game. The All-Star Game, as well as, all post-season games, should not start any later than 7:30 p.m. But, of course, the big television dollars are dictating the starting times, as usual.  

Anyway, Lincecum started off very shaky, including, hitting Derek Jeter on the left hand with a pitch, in the top of the first inning, when the Amerian League jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead.

Halladay allowed all three National League runs in the bottom of the second inning, which moved the NL into a 3-2 lead.  

From this point on, the American League pitchers retired 18 straight batters, as the AL scored a run off Dodgers pitcher Billingsley in the top of the fifth, that tied the score 3-3.

The biggest play of this game occurred in the bottom of the 7th inning, when Carl Crawford, of the Tampa Bay Rays, who was named the All-Star MVP, robbed a homerun off the bat of the Rockies Brad Hawpe, by making an unbelievable catch of the ball “over the wall” in left field. Red Sox closer, Jonathan Papelbon was on the mound for the American League, and had a sigh of relief after that blast was caught.

In the top of the 8th, Tigers outfielder, Curtis Granderson, delivered another big play for the American League, when he hit a one-out triple off the left field wall. After, Victor Martinez of the Indians was intentionally walked, the Orioles Adam Jones, hit a sac-fly to right, that plated Granderson with the go-ahead run.

The AL now had a 4-3 lead as the game entered the bottom of the 8th inning.  

After two outs in the 8th, Twins closer, Joe Nathan walked Adrian Gonzalez, and, then, gave up a single to Orlando Hudson that set-up a first and third situation for pinch-hitter Ryan Howard. But, Nathan got out of the jam by striking out Howard on a pitch in the dirt.

The game moved into the bottom of the 9th, after the AL did not score in the top of the inning.

The New York Yankees all-time “great” closer, Mariano Rivera, was now on the mound to protect the American League’s 4-3 lead.

The Great Mariano retired the first batter, Justin Upton, on a ground ball to short.

Rivera struck-out Brad Hawpe for out number two.

Then, Mariano got Miguel Tejada to pop-out to second base for the final out of the game, that preserved the 4-3 American League victory.

This was Mariano Rivera’s fourth career All-Star “save”, which is a record. And, Mariano has not allowed any earned runs in eight total innings, in eight All-Star appearances.

When, Derek Jeter, who scored two run in this game, was asked what he thought about Mariano closing out this win with his “record” fourth career All-Star save, Jeter said, ‘It’s another thing he can put on his Hall of Fame plaque, I guess’.  

Well, after a boring “Home Run Derby” the other night, this was a very exciting “All-Star Game”. 

This victory gives the American League the home-field advantage in the 2009 World Series. And, even though I still believe the team with the best record should have home-field advantage in the “Fall Classic”, it is a very sweet victory for the American League, once again.

Hopefully, the advantage gained from winning this All-Star Game will be just the advantage the American League needs to bring home victory in this year’s World Series. 

 

— Jimmy, “BY&L”

 

Photo Credits: * google images  /  * www. fantelligence .com 

 

Boxscore of the 80th All-Star Game, click on … AL 4, NL 3   

 

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10 comments

  1. juliasrants

    Jimmy – I’m with you! I think the team that has the best record should have home field advantage! It works well in other professional sports and I think that is how they should do things in baseball. Are you ready for the second half of the season? I know I am!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. jonnnnnn

    Jeter is a little girl. He didn’t do anything last night. All he did was pretend to be hurt after a “hit by pitch” that DIDN’T EVEN HIT HIM. Sure, it would’ve been a good thing to do if it was a real game, but it wasn’t, it was an EXHIBITION ALL-STAR GAME, you are SUPPOSED to WANT to hit, not just take an easy free base. Give me a break.

    As for Mariano, he’s the man. A job well done.

    I’ll give Jeter this though, atleast he deserved to be in the all-star game this year, unlike the last 5 years.

    http://eatsleepmlb.mlblogs.com

  3. orangebirds

    Jimmy, lucky number 13! Haha. The AL is untouchable right now and get home field at the WS. I am so proud of Adam Jones, as he had the GW RBI and the AL won. πŸ™‚ Yes. Keep on posting, and good luck to Jeter and the Yankees as they will need it against the O’s πŸ˜‰
    http://balorioles.mlblogs.com/

  4. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Julia …

    Yeah, I agree, after playing a 162 game schedule, the long baseball season should mean something in the post-season — the team with the best record in each playoff series, and in the World Series, should have the home-field advantage, period !!!
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    The second half of the 2009 season will be fun to watch, and, yes, I am ready for all the baseball action, especially, all the remaining games between the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays !!!
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    Take care, Julia !!! … Have a geat day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  5. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jonnnnnn …

    Oh, come on, now … you must be kidding? … regarding your “interesting” comments about Derek Jeter in this year’s All-Star Game !!! … Jeter has a career .429 (9-for-21) batting average in the 10 All-Star games he has appeared in, with five runs scored; three RBI’s; one homerun; one stolen base; .455 OBP; .619 SLG; and, was the All-Star MVP in 2000 !!!
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    I agree, the All-Star Game is an exhibition game; but, it is also, a “real” game to all the players, including Jeter, that are selected each year, in the sense that they all want to play well — at the plate; in the field; and on the mound !!! … Derek Jeter is a “winner” and always plays at the top of his game, especially, in the “big” games, on the “world stage”, in front of the “most fans” !!! … Just check-out Jeter’s post season record …
    In 25 series’ [12 ALDS; 7 ALCS; 6 WS] Derek Jeter has played in 123 games; has 562 PA; 495 AB’s; 153 hits; 51 walks; 22 doubles; 3 triples; 17 HR’s; 85 runs; 49 RBI’s; 16 SB; .309 BA; .377 OBP; .469 SLG … All these totals add up to “Four” World Series rings, which is “priceless”, and continues the great Yankees tradition of greatness !!!
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    I bring all the above stats up to show that Derek Jeter is a “winner”, who plays every game the way it is supposed to be played — doing everything possible to get on base, score runs, keep the other team from scoring runs, and “win the game” !!!
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    Jeter scored two of the four AL runs in the American League’s 4-3 victory over the National League in this years All-Star Game !!! … It certainly was a “real” game [and win] to Jeter and the rest of the AL team !!! … And, it certainly was a “real” game to NL starter, Tim Lincecum, who pitched Jeter “way inside” , in the first inning, in this so-called exhibition game !!! … Lincecum was quoted before the game, saying the following about Derek Jeter, “I know him. He inside-outs every ball. You can’t ever jam him enough.” … Tim Lincecum was all over the plate in the first inning, and he pitched Jeter, just like most pitchers do, too far inside, and hit Jeter, which in the judgment of the home pate umpire was a HBP!!! … Yes, Jeter wanted to get a hit, not “get” hit, in that situation; but, most importantly, he did his job by getting on base, and scoring a run in that inning, as well as, scoring another run later in the game !!!
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    Derek Jeter will be the first to tell everybody, “the Yankees goal from “day one” of Geoge Steinbrenner’s 35-year ownership of the Yankees, has been, and still is, to win the World Series every year — anything less is a failure” !!! … Derek Jeter plays every game the same way, with the goal of “winning the game”, ’cause anything less is a “failure” !!!
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    Jonnnnnn, I appreciate all your comments, especially, your praise of Mariano Rivera, and, also, that you agreed Derek Jeter deserved to be selected on this years All-Star team !!! … This is now 10 All-Star appearances for Jeter and Mariano in which the Amerian League has not lost the game !!! … That record, along with the “four” New York Yankee World Championships that both Mariano and Jeter have been a major part of, shows how both are “winners” who continue the “awesome” Yankees tradition of greatness !!!
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    Take care, Jonnnnnn !!! … Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy 27NYY Curran, “BY&L”
    http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

  6. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Jane …

    Yes, it was a big win for the American League in this year’s All-Star Game !!! … Great performances by Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Mark Teixeira [in the field] !!! … It was “class” all the way for our Yankee All-Stars, as they continue the Yankees tradition of greatness !!! … Now, its time to “play ball” in the second half of the season, with the Yankees continuing on their journey to their 27th World Championship !!!
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    Take care, Jane !!! … Have a nice day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  7. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, calripkenjr_8 …

    It is now 13 straight years that the National League has not won the ALL-Star Game, as the American League continues its dominance over the NL in this mid-season Classic Baseball Game !!! … All-Star MVP Carl Crawford made the big play in this game, robbing a possible homerun by Brad Hawpe, with a great catch of the ball over the left field wall !!! … But, Curtis Granderson, Adam Jones, and Mariano Rivera were all also major factors in this AL victory, and, any one of these great players could have also been honored with the Game MVP award !!! … The catch by Crawford was the biggest play, though, and I would say he probably was the most deserving of receiving the MVP of the game !!!
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    Thanks for the best wishes to Derek Jeter and the Yankees !!! … It will be a great second half of the season, and, I look forward to many outstanding baseball games the rest of the way !!! .. Also, best wishes and good luck to the Orioles in the second half of the 2009 season !!!
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    Take care, calripkenjr_8 !!! … Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

  8. letsgoyankees

    Very entertaining All star game! Albert Pujols seemed intent on robbing the Yankees of hits..and Mo was perfect of course. No surprises there.

  9. jimmy27nyy

    Hi, Letsgoyankees …

    This year’s All-Star Game was as you said in your comments, “very entertaining”, and exciting to watch — just like last year’s All-Star Game at the old Yankee Stadium !!! ….. It was great to see Mariano Rivera close-out the American League’s 4-3 victory with his record “fourth” career All-Star “save” !!! … The Yankees were well represented with Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, and Mark Teixeira on the AL Team !!! … The great New York Yankees “tradition” continues !!!
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    Now, it’s time to focus on the second half of the season … The Yankees started off on a winning track with a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers; but, the Red Sox and Rays also won their games yesterday, so the Yankees are still three games behind Boston in the AL East !!! … It will be a long battle ahead between the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays, for first place and the wild card — and, it will be fun to watch !!!
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    Take care, Letsgoyankees !!! … Have a great day !!!
    — Jimmy, “BY&L”

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