Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Byrd Takes Flight---Walk, Smart Defensive Play Help NL Win
Our man Marlon Byrd definitely had a big impact on last night's All-Star Game. He coaxed a walk against Sox pitcher Matt Thornton in the seventh inning, then scored on Brian McCann's bases-clearing double. But the bigger play came in the ninth inning, with David Ortiz on first. John Buck singled to right, but Byrd fired to second to force Ortiz, short-circuiting an AL rally. Bottom line: the NL won for the first time since 1996. Looks like the Cubs will have home-field advantage in the World Series! Right?