National League Wins 2011 All Star Game, Takes Homefield Advantage For World Series

The NL won its second straight All Star game over the AL 5-1 and therefore will hold homefield advantage in the World Series for the second year in a row.

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National League Wins 2011 All Star Game, Takes Homefield Advantage For World Series

The National League won its second straight All Star game over the AL 5-1 and therefore will hold homefield advantage in the World Series for the second year in a row. Roy Halladay started the game and needed just 19 pitches to get through two perfect frames, while Cliff Lee gave up the AL’s only run of the evening thanks to a solo homer off the bat of Adrian Gonzalez. Tyler Clippard, who came on in relief of Lee in the fourth, took the win despite not actually recording an out.

After the AL took the 1-0 lead in the fourth, the NL came roaring back when Prince Fielder barely put a ball off the top of the wall and over for a three run homer that put the NL up for good. Fielder was named the game's MVP, the first time a Brewer has ever won the award.

The AL did threaten in the bottom of the ninth when a couple errors put runners on second and third with one out, but Giants closer Brian Wilson came on to get the final two outs and record the save. He got the save in a 5-1 game because the tying run was on deck when he entered the game.

Pretty good night if you happen to be a fan of the team that currently holds the best record in baseball and is the odds on favorite to win the NL this year.

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2011 All Star Game: Roy Halladay's Night Ends After 19 Pitches

It almost could not have been easier for Roy Halladay, who exited the 2011 MLB All Star game after two perfect innings of work that took him just 19 pitches. He got through the first three hitters in the first on nine pitches, but “struggled” a bit in the second taking a whole ten pitches… So before he was barely even warmed up, Doc takes a seat and Cliff Lee takes over.

Halladyay becomes the first Phillie to start the All Star game and not allow a run since Robin Roberts did it in 1953. There are have six Phillies to start the midsummer classic over that span.

As the Inquirer’s Matt Gelb tweeted, Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, who wasn’t enthused about Doc starting tonight, will likely be a very happy man.

Go to the nearest bar in Sarasota, Fla. Shots on Rich Dubee. Halladay throws only 19 pitches in two perfect innings. He’s done.

As for the NL offense, they have managed to get a man on in each of the first two innings, but neither runner has managed to advance past first base.

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2011 MLB All Star Game: Roy Halladay Mows Through AL In 9 Pitches

Well, that was quick. Roy Halladay took the hill for the National League in the bottom of the first inning of the 2011 MLB All Star game. First pitch was at 8:36 and by 8:41, the inning was over.

It took the reigning NL Cy Young winner only 9 pitches to retire Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera & Adrian Gonzalez for a perfect first inning. Considering he’s only scheduled to pitch two innings, Roy Halladay is once pace for extremely quick and stress free night. That should suit Phillies fans just fine. A quick Halladay start means their ace is preserved, while the AL is held scoreless, which bodes well for the Phillies chances at snagging home field advantage should they reach the World Series.

In the bottom of the first, Jered Weaver walked Matt Kemp, but otherwise got through the first pretty quickly himself. It’s 0-0 after one in Phoenix and we’ve got three innings worth of Phillies starting pitching left.

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