Last night, for the first time since 1996, the National League bested its American League counterparts in the All-Star Game. Atlanta's Brian McCann laced a bases-clearing three-run double in the 7th inning which marked the difference in the NL's 3-1 victory.
Aside from McCann's big hit and a Robinson Cano sacrifice fly, pitching dominated the game. As has been the case the entire season, hurlers headlined the midsummer classic, led by two strong innings apiece from Ubaldo Jimenez, Josh Johnson, and David Price. The two squads combined for just 13 hits against 18 strikeouts and the American League failed to score an earned run, its lone tally coming on the heels of a throwing error by Hong-Chih Kuo. Mets' third baseman David Wright was the lone player to record a multi-hit game.
In Nationals' news, Washington's All-Star representative, closer Matt Capps, took the win for the National League. Capps faced just one hitter in relief of Roy Halladay and struck out Boston slugger David Ortiz on five pitches.
The Nationals have today and Thursday off and travel to Miami Friday to resume play against the Florida Marlins. Washington will send Stephen Strasburg to the mound to face Ricky Nolasco.