After the National League snapped the American League's win streak at the All-Star game last season, the American League had every intention of starting a new win streak in Kansas City last night. Unfortunately for the A.L., the game never appeared in reach as Detroit's ace Justin Verlander gave up five runs in the first inning. The National League never looked back as they went on for an 8-0 victory.
San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain set the tone for the rest of the N.L.'s strong staff. The Giants also had the MVP of the game in Melky Cabrera, who homered and drove in two runs. The Giants third basemen Pablo Sandoval also contributed to the N.L.'s blowout as Sandoval hit a bases loaded triple which scored three runs. This was the first time in an All-Star game that a bases loaded triple had been recorded.
Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera entered the game in the fifth inning as a pinch hitter, and drew a walk off of the LA Dodger's ace Clayton Kershaw. Cabrera would bat again in the eight, but struck out against Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.
Cleveland's closer Chris Perez warmed up in the first inning as Verlander struggled, but never entered the game. Perez heard a string of boos from Kansas City fans as he was announced before the game, but was prepared after comments he made earlier in the season about the Royals lack of contention over the last two decades.
This marked consecutive seasons that both Perez and Cabrera represented Cleveland in the All-Star game. Both the players themselves, and the fans of Cleveland fully expect them to be back in the All-Star game next season.
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