Cardinals’ All-Star reps combine to play every inning of Midsummer Classic

Cardinals’ All-Star reps combine to play every inning of Midsummer Classic

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Cardinals’ All-Star reps combine to play every inning of Midsummer Classic

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 16, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 10:55 PM

(BaseballStL) -- The St. Louis Cardinals brought a National League-high six All-Star representatives to New York, and none could help lead their league to its fourth straight victory in a 3-0 loss on Tuesday.

Yadier Molina played five innings. Carlos Beltran had the only base hit for the National League through the first six innings. Matt Carpenter went 0-for-2 and turned a double play in the seventh inning. In his only at-bat, Allen Craig lined out to left field off future Hall of Famer, and current New York Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera in the eighth inning. And Adam Wainwright’s replacement, Edward Mujica, didn’t appear in the game.

Molina started the game behind the plate and batted sixth. He finished 0-for-2 with a fly out to center field in the second inning and a ground out to shortstop in the fifth inning. He also caught four different pitchers (Matt Harvey, Clayton Kershaw, Patrick Corbin, and Cliff Lee), who combined to allow two runs (both earned) on five hits. San Francisco Giants catcher Busty Posey  replaced Molina in the sixth inning.

Beltran started in right field and batted second. He broke up the American League’s perfect game in the fourth inning with a one-out single off Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez. It was one of only three hits from the NL in the loss. After his single, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen replaced Beltran as a pinch-hitter.

Carpenter replaced Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips in the sixth inning. He finished 0-for-2 with a fly out and a strikeout, but did turn a double play in the seventh inning with Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura. Carpenter finished the game.

Craig entered as a pinch-hitter for the Colorado Rockies’ Michael Cuddyer, who was listed as designated hitter, in the eighth inning. Craig hit a sharp line drive to left field for the second out off Mariano Rivera, who pitched a perfect inning in his final All-Star game.

The Cardinals batters combined to finish 1-for-7 at the plate.

Mujica did not enter the game. He was named to the All-Star game in place of Wainwright, who started on Sunday night.

If there was one thing to be proud of, it would be that the Cardinals were represented in the field for all nine innings on Tuesday night.
 

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