Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Cabrera tallest Giant in biggest NL shutout
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesTuesday's Midsummer Classic was a big All-Star showcase for the city of Kansas City but the spotlight was stolen in a Giant way.
Melky Cabrera homers in the fourth inning of the 83rd All-Star Game in Kansas City to help the NL win its third straight over the AL.
In the biggest shutout win for the National League ever, Melky Cabrera became the first Giants player to be named All-Star Game MVP since Bobby Bonds in 1973. Bonds also did so in a game played in Kansas City. Teammate Pablo Sandoval delivered the first bases-loaded triple in All-Star Game history to blow the game open in the first inning and Matt Cain was the first Giants pitcher to win an All-Star Game since Vida Blue in 1981.
But Cabrera stole the show in what was the second biggest shutout in All-Star history (the AL won 12-0 in 1946). He is the sixth player with 2+ hits and 2+ RBI in an All-Star game, all as a CF.
The others are are notable bunch: Stan Musial (1949), Joe DiMaggio (1949), Mickey Mantle (1955), Ken Griffey Jr (1992) and Ichiro Suzuki (2007).
Cabrera also became the 10th Latin-born All-Star Game MVP and the first since Miguel Tejada in 2005. The first Latin-born All-Star Game MVP was also a Giant, Juan Marichal.
OTHER SHINING STARS
Ryan Braun became the fifth player with a double and triple in the same All-Star Game joining are Hall-of-Famers Earl Averill (1934), Willie Mays (1960), Mike Schmidt (1979) and George Brett (1983). It was a nice rebound for the reigning NL MVP who was 0-4 vs Justin Verlander in regular-season play and had struck out against Verlander in the fifth inning of the 2010 All-Star Game.
The Elias Sports Bureau confirmed that this was the third time that reigning MVPs went head to head in a batter-pitcher matchup in an All-Star Game and Braun's double was the first hit in such a matchup.
In his final All-Star appearance, Jones became the first 40-year-old to get a hit in an All-Star Game since Cal Ripken Jr. in 2001.
The two older NL players with a hit in an All-Star Game were Stan Musial (1962 at 41 years and 231 days old) and Pete Rose (1981 at 40 and 117).
Now has 11 career hits in the All-Star Game, the most of any Yankee. Mickey Mantle had 10.
The only other St. Louis Cardinals player to triple in an All-Star Game was Hall-of-Famer Enos Slaughter.
By pinch-hitting in the fifth inning, the 19-year old became the second youngest to play in an All-Star game (Dwight Gooden was the only one younger).
The Angel delivered a single in the sixth inning, becoming the third-youngest player with an All-Star hit at 20 years and 339 days. Those younger: Al Kaline (20-205 in 1955) and Claudell Washington (20-318, 1975). He also swiped a bag against R.A. Dickey, who hadn't allowed an stolen base all season.
Eleven National League pitchers led by Matt Cain combined to allow six hits with seven strikeouts. Thirty NL pitchers have combined to allow just two runs over their last three All-Star Games.
Finally, the Elias Sports Bureau tells us Ron Washington has the dubious distinction of joining Bobby Cox as the only managers to lose the World Series, then lose next season's All-Star Game, then lose that season's World Series, then next season's All-Star Game, all in that order. Cox lost the 1991 and 1992 World Series and the 1992 and 1993 All-Star Games.