KANSAS CITY, MO (WSAU) Ryan Braun ended an 0-for-7 drought in All-Star Games last night, as he helped the National League crush the American League 8-to-nothing at the Mid-Summer Classic in Kansas City. The Milwaukee left-fielder drove home the game’s first run with a double over the head of Toronto right-fielder Jose Bautista. Braun then scored on a three-run triple by Pablo Sandoval of San Francisco.
All told, the N-L scored five runs in the first off Detroit starter Justin Verlander – who lasted just one inning. In the fourth, Braun set an All-Star Game record with his team’s third triple. And he was denied of a third hit when Bautista made a sliding catch of Braun’s looper to right.
Braun also made a couple of nice defensive plays in left. He ran down a drive at the wall by Josh Hamilton of Texas in the first inning. Braun then snared a liner from his former Brewers’ teammate Prince Fielder in the fourth. Fielder went 0-for-2 on the night.
San Francisco starter Matt Cain got the win. And the National League won its third straight All-Star Game with retired Saint Louis manager Tony La Russa running the show. Braun praised La Russa, saying quote, “If you’re trying to win one game, there’s not a better manager out there … It’s only fitting that he went out with a win.” The N-L once again gets home field advantage in the World Series. The Brewers will open the second half of their season on Friday night at home against Pittsburgh.