The Stat Line of the Night — 7/13/10 — Brian McCann
The National League has not won an All-Star game in 13 years. The American League has dominated the mid-summer classic since 1997 with one tie and 12 wins. This year would change all that in a pitcher’s duel for the ages. One big hit would be all that it would take to win the game, and Brian McCann, the Atlanta Braves catcher, delivered that hit. He also had some defensive help from Marlon Byrd in the 9th, but make no mistake that McCann’s bat won the game.
The game was 0-0 going into the bottom of the 5th, when the sun finally went down and the lighting in the stadium evened out so the hitters could see. The AL’s Robinson Cano hit a sacrifice fly to score Evan Longoria and put the AL up 1-0. Then in the 7th, McCann came to the plate with the bases loaded and 2 outs and cracked a double to deep right that scored all three baserunners to give the NL a 3-1 lead that they would never relinquish. McCann was 1-2 with the double and three RBIs.
So the NL finally broke the losing streak and now leads the all-time series 41-38-2. By winning this game, they also ensure that whichever team emerges from the NL to play in the World Series will have home field advantage. That is a few months away, but for now Brian McCann can enjoy his “Stat Line of the Night”.