MLB Watch: NL Ends All Star Losing Streak

MLB Watch: NL Ends All Star Losing Streak

words_Nick Engvall

Tuesday night the National League snapped a 13 game losing streak to their rivals from the American League with a 3-1 victory. As expected, it was pitching for the National League that shut down the big bats from the AL.

Starting off with to scoreless innings from starter Ubaldo Jiminez, the NL used nine pitchers in all to combine for an 8 strikeout performance in which a two out double from Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann drove in three runs in the seventh inning, which proved to be the difference in the game.

There was a feeling of “here we go again” for National League fans, as the ninth inning was led off by a single from David Ortiz of the Red Sox. However, Chicago Cubs outfielder Marlon Byrd made a heads up play on a short fly ball from the Blue Jays’ John Buck that landed just in front of him. Byrd grabbed the ball on one bounce, turned and fired a one hopper to second base to get the force out on Ortiz, who was stuck waiting between first and second to see if the ball would drop or be caught.

Washington Nationals right hander Matt Capps got the win, with the loss going to Phil Hughes of the New York Yankees. The save was recorded by Jonathon Broxton of the Los Angeles Dodgers.


David Ortiz before the game wearing the Reebok Zig Pulse.David Ortiz before the game wearing the Reebok Zig Pulse PE, shares a laugh with Alex Rodriguez.

Yadier Molina in the Nike Trainer 1.2 PE and Rawlings Catchers GloveYadier Molina in the Nike Trainer 1.2 PE Boom Pack.
Ubaldo Jimenez in New Balance PE Cleats and Rawlings Custom Stitched GloveUbaldo Jimenez in New Balance PE Cleats and Rawlings Custom Stitched Glove.

Torii Hunter wearing Nike Singman Cleats and Rawlings Mark of a Pro glove.Torii Hunter wearing Nike Swingman cleats and Rawlings Mark of a Pro glove.

Brian McCann wearing the Mizuno Vintage Pro G3 batting gloves.Brian McCann wearing the Mizuno Vintage Pro G3 batting gloves.

Albert Pujols in the Nike Diamond Fury Retro Albert Pujols in the Nike Diamond Fury Retro PE.

Ichiro Suzuki makes a nice grab with his Rawlings glove.Ichiro Suzuki makes a nice grab with his Rawlings fielder’s glove.

Marlon Byrd slides in safely wearing the Nike Zoom Coop V.Marlon Byrd slides in safely wearing the Nike Zoom Coop V.

Brian Wilson wearing the Nike Diamond Elite "Boom Pack"Brian Wilson wearing the Nike Diamond Elite Boom Pack.

Derek Jeter wearing the Jordan Jeter ThrowbackDerek Jeter wearing the Jordan Jeter Throwback.

Evan Longoria wearing the Nike Diamond Elite PE.Evan Longoria wearing the Nike Diamond Elite PE.

Ryan Braun makes a diving catch with his Wislon Fielder's Glove.Ryan Braun makes a diving catch with his Wilson fielder’s glove.

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MLB Watch: NL Ends All Star Losing Streak

MLB All Star Watch: Home Run Derby

words_Nick Engvall

The Major League Baseball All Star Game has become much more than just the game in the past couple of decades. Instead of the one and done game between baseball’s best, there is now a number of other events that take place alongside the actual All Star Game to ensure that fans young and old are entertained for the entire All Star break.

One of the fan favorites is the Home Run Derby, where the top sluggers get to show off their power at the plate. This year’s Derby took place Monday night in Anaheim, where the All Star festivities are being hosted this year, took center stage with Matt Holliday, Corey Hart, Miguel Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez, and David Ortiz all putting on a show. Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals blasted  a 497 foot shot in the first round, but only managed 4 more in the contest, and couldn’t make it out of the round. Baseball’s hottest big swinger, Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers, blasted 13 in the first round but couldn’t back up his first round performance and was eliminated. Moving into the final round it was David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox and Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins.

David Ortiz blasted 11 in the final round, to tie the final round record, and secure this year’s victory. Be sure to catch the 2010 MLB All Star Game Tuesday at 8 PM EST on Fox.

Matt Holliday wearing Nike Diamond Elite cleats.Matt Holliday wearing Nike Diamond Elite PE cleats.

Nick Swisher wearing Nike Diamond Elite cleats and TPX batting gloves.Nick Swisher wearing Nike Diamond Elite PE cleats and TPX batting gloves.

Corey Hart in Mizuno Vapor IV Elite cleats.Corey Hart in Mizuno Vapor IV Elite G4 PE cleats.

Corey Hart in Mizuno Pro G3 batting gloves.Corey Hart in Mizuno Pro G3 batting gloves.

Miguel Cabrera in Nike Diamond Elite batting gloves.Miguel Cabrera in Nike Diamond Elite batting gloves.

Miguel Cabrera in Nike Diamond Elite cleats and batting gloves.Miguel Cabrera in Nike Diamond Elite PE cleats and batting gloves.

Hanley Ramirez in his Boombah H2R PE cleats.Hanley Ramirez in his Boombah H2R PE cleats.

Hanley Ramirez wearing Franklin Authentic Pro Classic batting gloves.Hanley Ramirez wearing Franklin Authentic Pro Classic batting gloves.

David Ortiz wearing Easton VRS Pro III batting gloves.David Ortiz wearing Easton VRS Pro III batting gloves.

David Ortiz takes the win wearing his latest Reebok Big Papi signature cleats.David Ortiz takes the win wearing Reebok U-Form signature cleats.

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MLB Watch: NL Ends All Star Losing Streak

The 2010 MLB Season is Underway


words_Nick Engvall

Baseball fans around the world have been waiting for this week for quite some time. The 2010 MLB Season began earlier this week and today the last of the opening day games were played, giving every team in the league a chance to start off on the right foot for the new season. No matter who your team is, the early months of the season bring new hope for every team. This season is no different.

Like always there will be surprises around the league, like the Pittsburgh Pirates taking their first victory, thanks to Garrett Jones’ two home runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Last year, the Pirates right fielder gave a preview of his capabilities over 82 games, yet few would have predicted Jones to be tied for the league lead in home runs after just one game in the season.

Although Jones may have surprised some people, the other man who blasted two long balls on opening day, is no surprise. Last year’s National League MVP, Albert Pujols, teamed up with newly hired batting coach and former slugger, Mark McGwire during spring training and it apparently paid off. Pujols went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI’s in the Cardinals opening day victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

On the defensive side of things, opening day saw the return of last year’s National League Cy Young Award Winner, Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants, as he took the mound looking to continue on the success of last season. Lincecum tossed seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out seven, on the way to his first victory of the 2010 season.

In the American League, Chicago White Sox southpaw Mark Buehrle stepped up big on opening day. The White Sox pitcher, who threw a perfect game last season, started off this season on the right foot by throwing seven shut out innings, giving up only 3 hits along the way. Not a bad way to start the season for the fans from Chicago’s south side.

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