American League 4, National League 3
The NL failed to win the All-Star Game for the 13th straight year, falling to the American Leaguers 4-3 at Busch Stadium. This means the American League will get home field advantage in the World Series, so games three through five are tentatively scheduled for October 31 through November 2 at Dodger Stadium.
Chad Billingsley of the Dodgers pitched the fifth inning for the National League, giving up a run on two hits, leaving with the game tied 3-3. Orlando Hudson came into the game in the sixth inning, hitting for starter Chase Utley, and drove a pitch deep to right field that died before reaching the warning track. Hudson also singled and stole a base in the eighth inning, and was the go-ahead run on base, but Ryan Howard struck out to end the threat.
The highlight of the night for me, besides seeing 88-year old Stan Musial getting some well-deserved love, was the joy on Albert Pujols's face as he was given a standing ovation during pregame introductions. That was a pretty special moment. Well, that, and President Barack Obama noting how well the Dodgers were playing.
Next year's All-Star Game is in Anaheim, tentatively scheduled for July 13.
WP - Jonathan Papelbon (1-0): 1 inning, 2 long flyouts, 1 strikeout
LP - Heath Bell (0-1): 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
Sv - Mariano Rivera (4): 1 inning, 1 strikeout