Named the starting pitcher for the National League in Tuesday’s All-Star game, Roy Halladay gave it his best All-Star effort. He pitched two perfect innings using only 19 pitches.
Cliff Lee went right after Halladay, pitching a perfect third inning. But in the fourth, he ran into trouble, allowing a solo homer to Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez. Fresh off the Home Run Derby, Gonzalez was primed and ready to go yard.
But in the bottom half of the inning, Brewer Prince Fielder erased the homer with one of his own, a 3-run shot that hit the top of the padded wall in center field.
The NL added on two more runs for a 5-1 lead. The NL pitches held the lead and Brian Wilson of the Giants finished the game, getting the final two outs and frightening people with his enormous, black beard.
Also very amusing was the Padres’ reliever Heath Bell who made a grand entrance in the top of the eighth inning. He ran full-speed towards the mound and pulled off a feet-first, pop-up slide just before he arrived at the pitchers’ mound. At 6’3″, 260 pounds, Bell’s slide was quite a sight to behold. The Padres are probably just glad he did not snap an ankle.
So the National League won, giving them home field advantage, which we hope will benefit the Phillies. Three other Phillies attended, but did not play in the game. Both Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco are hurt and Cole Hamels was not allowed to pitch because he started on Sunday.
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