Dickey-Ruiz combo works, Wright quiet
July, 10, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
R.A. Dickey surrendered a leadoff single to Mike Trout upon entering with an eight-run lead in the sixth inning, and Trout swiped second base, but the 37-year-old knuckleballer eventually stranded the Angels phenom to post a scoreless frame in his first All-Star Game appearance.
Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz got through the inning unscathed as well, although Dickey told reporters in Kansas City afterward that Ruiz on one knuckleball "looked like he was catching with chopsticks."
Dickey struck out Mark Trumbo and hit Paul Konerko with a pitch before coaxing a 6-4-3 double play from Miguel Cabrera to post the scoreless frame and preserve the NL's eight-run lead.
Speaking to reporters afterward, Dickey said about his knuckleball: "I didn't throw many super-duper ones."
David Wright went 0-for-2. After Pablo Sandoval contributed a three-run triple in the first inning, Wright eventually entered at third base. He grounded into a fielder's choice in the fifth against Jered Weaver and struck out looking against Ryan Cook in the seventh.
Matt Cain, who started over Dickey for the NL, tossed two scoreless innings.
Terry Collins, a coach on Tony La Russa's staff, made a ninth-inning pitching change to get some air time.