KANSAS CITY (BaseballStL) – Carlos Beltran and Rafael Furcal, batting fifth and ninth respectively, were probably surprised to get an at-bat against reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander in the first inning of Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
Verlander was tacked for five runs including a bases loaded triple by Pablo Sandoval which scored Carlos Beltran who had walked earlier in the inning. Furcal eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice on pitch No. 35 from Verlander to end the inning.
It was the first time since April 11, 2010 that Verlander allowed five runs in a single inning.
Beltran flew out to right field in his second plate appearance and would later be replaced by Bryce Harper in the 5th inning.
Furcal tripled in his second plate appearance with two outs in the fourth inning and scored on a single from Cardinals teammate Matt Holliday, who pinched hit as a designated hitter. Holliday then scored on a two-run home run by Melky Cabrera in the next at-bat to give the NL an 8-0 lead. Furcal was the last starter from either team to be removed from the game.
David Freese entered the game as a first baseman in the bottom of the fifth inning. He had played only nine games in his big league career at first base. Freese, who had recently been nursing a bruise on his leg after being hit by a pitch over the weekend, struck out with two runners on base to end the sixth inning.
Lance Lynn never entered the game.
Here is how the Cardinals All-Stars finished:
Beltran – 0-for-1 with a walk and run scored
Furcal – 1-for-3 with a triple and run scored
Holliday – 1-for-1 with an RBI single and run scored
Freese – 0-for-1 with a strikeout
Lynn – DNP