Friday, December 19, 2008

AL edges NL in eighth to win All-Star Game

Stieb takes MVP with 3 hits, 2 RBI

The American League got off to a rocky start in this year's All-Star Game but found a way to come back and win it in the end.

New York's Jason Sprague allowed two runs in two innings of work as the starter for the AL. Relief didn't provide much help, at least not right away, as Milwaukee's Vin Solano allowed two runs in one inning of work in the third inning.

But the AL team would weather the storm and strike for three runs in the top of the fifth thanks in part to a bases loaded single from Nashville catcher Tony Stieb that scored two runs and tied the game at four runs apiece. Stieb would go on to be named the MVP of the contest.

The game would remain 4-4 until the top of the eighth when the American took the lead for good. Charlotte's Justin Hernandez connected off Vancouver's Chris Jennings with the bases loaded to drive home the go ahead run. New York's R.J. Figueroa would follow with an RBI of his own to make it a 6-4 game.

Houston's Matt Skinner took the loss while Carlos Carrasco of St. Louis recorded the win. Monterrey's Ted Reese pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

The victory marked the second time the AL has defeated the NL and the first since season 1. The all-time series between the two sides is now tied at 2-2.

Tony Stieb
Age: 24B/T: S/R
Born: Southport, NC
Position(s): C
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