Five Phillies were selected to represent the National League in the All-Star Game but only two were available to play.
NL Starting pitcher Roy Halladay and Phils starter Cliff Lee pitched the first four innings for the NL, who beat the American League for the second straight year thanks to pitching, 5-1.
Halladay was perfect through two innings, throwing 19 pitches and striking out one. He was absolutely fantastic – and efficient as well – allowing Phils pitching coach Rich Dubee to not stress over his most valuable possession pitching in an exhibition game.
Lee pitched the next 1 2/3 innings. He was perfect through the first five batters but allowed the game’s first run, a solo home run to Boston’s Adrian Gonzalez. He was then yanked in favor of Washington’s Tyler Clippard after surrendering two more hits.
The rest of the NL’s pitchers were fantastic. LA’s Clayton Kershaw pitched a perfect 5th. Atlanta then threw out three straight pitchers, starter Jair Jurrjens and relievers Craig Kimbrel and Johnny Venters for the next 2 2/3 innings. San Diego’s Heath Bell pitched the last out of the 8th for the NL squad and Pitsburgh’s Joel Hanrahan pitched a third of the 9th and San Fran’s Brian Wilson finished it off for the save.
Trailing 1-0 in the 4th, the NL took the lead and never looked back. Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder blasted a three-run home run off Texas starter CJ Wilson to give the NL a 3-1 lead. They tacked on one in the 5th on Andre Ethier’s single and one in the 7th by way of ground rule double from the Giants 3B Pablo Sandoval.
Ironically, only one of Bruce Bochy’s pitchers pitched in the game – and 2/3 of an inning at that – while he threw out five Phils and Braves combined.
2B: Y. Molina, Sandoval. HR: Fielder.
WP: Clippard. LP: C. Wilson. S: B. Wilson