Tuesday, July 10, 2012
2012 All-Star Game: Fourth inning
By David Schoenfield
Matt Harrison enters for the AL. No surprise that Ron Washington wants to get his guy an inning. Harrison is 7-1 with a 1.52 ERA over his past nine stars. His most impressive stat: He's allowed just two home runs in 50 innings at home. Texas is a tough place to pitch but as a groundball specialist Harrison has learned to succeed there.
Rafael Furcal triples down the right-field line with two outs and then Matt Holliday hits for Carlos Gonzalez and lines a single into right field for an RBI hit. Melky Cabrera and his orange shoes are up ... and he lines a two-run homer just over the fence in left field! This has officially turned ugly. Like I said, Harrison does a good job of preventing home runs ...
Ryan Braun triples down the right-field line, a replay of Furcal's hit. That's three triples. It's like we're playing in 1914 or something. Maybe Chipper Jones' pregame speech inspired his teammates!
Down 8-0 and now you get to face Stephen Strasburg. I think George Brett made a mistake during his pregame speech to the American League when he turned to Ron Washington and asked him if home field matters in the World Series and Washington just looked confused. That certainly wasn't quite as effective as Jones urging his teammates that, "Sometime, when the team is up against it, when things are going wrong and the breaks are beating the boys -- tell them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Chipper."
Braun makes a nice running catch of Prince Fielder's fly ball in the gap. Win it for the Chipper!