July 9, 2002
NL wins 12-11 slugfest
Eight HR, 29 hits and 23 runs scored made this All-Star game the
highest scoring in. Each
team took turns battering the opposing pitching staff in a see-saw game.
A prevailing 10-19 wind blowing from left to right in home-run friendly
Miller Park helped carry several HR out of the park to rf.
With the AL staff missing top starters like Roger Clemens and
Pedro Martinez, it might be the weakest All-Star pitching staff of
The AL struck first with Alex Rodriguez 2-run 395
foot HR to left-center off NL starter Curt Schilling.
Torri Hunter tagged Schilling with a solo shot in
the 2nd to give the AL a 3-0 lead.
Lance Berkman’s HR in the bottom of the 2nd closed
the AL lead to 2-1.
A 6-run outburst by the NL in the bottom of the 3rd inning
gave the NL a 7-3 lead featuring a two-run blast by Todd Helton.
Each team scored two runs in the 4th to make it 9-5 in favor
of the NL.
The AL was not done yet as they fought back to tie the game 9-9 with a
4-run 5th powered by Ichiro’s 3-run HR.
The NL wasted no time striking back in the bottom of the 5th
as All-Star MVP Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa hit back to back HR to ignite
a 3 –run 5th and give the NL a 12-9 lead.
Bonds blast to cf traveled 435 ft.
Nomar Garciaparra homered to help bring the AL to
within one run at 12-11, but Trevor Hoffman retired Jason Giambi on a
pop up to 1b Todd Helton to quell a late inning rally.
Helton made two outstanding defensive plays at 1b including a
diving stop of a ball drilled down the 1b line.
MVP Bonds went 3-4 with a 2B, 3B and 2-run HR that gave the NL a lead
they would never relinquish.
AL box score
NL box score
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