Congratulations are in order for the Nationals lone All-Star Matt Capps and the rest of the National League All-Star team who ended a 13 year drought last night, securing home field advantage for the National League in the World Series for the first time since 1996.
Capps was sent into the game to face the Red Sox clutch left-handed slugger and 2010 Home Run Derby Champion David “Big Papi” Ortiz in the bottom of the sixth while the National League was down 1-0. He threw five pitches, catching Ortiz with a two-seam fastball inside for a called third strike.
Capps was named the game-winning pitcher but not before the National League came out swinging in the seventh.
Braves catcher Brian McCann, who was named the All-Star Game’s MVP, crushed a bases-clearing three-run double to the right field corner off White Sox lefty Matt Thornton after a pair of singles from the Reds third baseman Scott Rolen and the Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday to secure a 3-1 victory over a dominant American League line up of the game’s strongest hitters.
Well done, Matt. Your father would be proud.