For the first time since Bill Clinton was running for re-election, the National League has won the All-Star Game. And Nationals pitcher Matt Capps is the winning pitcher.
Capps didn’t have to do much to get the win; he struck out Boston’s David Ortiz looking to end the sixth inning. But when the NL scored all three of its runs in the seventh inning, Capps became the pitcher of record.
The Nationals’ closer, making his first All-Star appearance, threw Ortiz nothing but fastballs, striking him out on the only one he sent to the inner half of the plate.
Atlanta’s Brian McCann, who drove in all three National League runs with a bases-loaded double in the seventh, won MVP honors. The Dodgers’ Jonathan Broxton got the save, helped by a bullet from former Nationals outfielder Marlon Byrd in the ninth inning to force out Ortiz at second on John Buck’s single-turned-fielder’s choice.
With the win, the NL will have home-field advantage in the World Series for the first time in the eight seasons that the All-Star Game has decided it.