If there’s anything fans will remember about the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s
in Kansas City, it’ll probably be seeing flamethrowers
light up the radar gun one after the other for the
’s work in the top half of the inning? Just another ho-hum, 1-2-3 frame for the majors’ midseason leader in saves.
Johnson’s All-Star debut didn’t come in a classic – the NL’s 8-0 victory was all but sewn up halfway through the game. But the
closer’s outing was classic Johnson, a quick, efficient inning that drew little attention to him.
Sharing the field with teammates
, the right-hander with 26 saves through the first half began by getting Houston’s
to ground out to second. He then got Chicago’s
to fly out to Jones in center and struck out Atlanta’s
All it took was 11 pitches, 7 for strikes.
Wieters and Jones both entered in the top of the sixth and came up to the plate back-to-back in the bottom of the seventh against Philadelphia lefty
Wieters hit a fly ball to the warning track in left that Washington’s
snagged. Jones followed with a ground out to
Wieters got one more at-bat, flying out to right against Philadelphia closer
to end the game.
After winning 12 out of 13 All-Star Games (with the exception being the 2002 tie), the
has scored a total of two runs in losing the last three Midsummer Classics.