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Finally, that's a winner for the NL

Congratulations to the National League All-Star team which finally was able to bring home a win and secure the home field advantage in the World Series.





Ironically, in a game with World Series implications, it was a Cubs player who had to save the day in the bottom of the ninth. With one out and one on and a 3-1 lead, Marlon Byrd was unable to get to a short pop up in right field. But he alertly picked up the ball, spun and threw a strike to second base to force out David Ortiz at second base. The play kept the potential winning run in the on deck circle and kept Alex Rodriguez and his 597 career home runs on the bench.





Cardinals played an important role in the outcome of the game. Matt Holliday singled and scored what would eventually become the winning run. Adam Wainwright pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen then, during his post-game interview, said that he really enjoyed pitching out of the bullpen because he didn't have to pace himself and hold back on his pitches. Wainwright pitched out of the bullpen last during the 2006 season, becoming the closer late in the year and eventually saving the seventh game of the National League Championship and then the World Series.





Some would like Wainwright to return to the closer role to shore up the St. Louis bullpen. But I don't see how the team could voluntarily take their best starter out of the rotation.





How other Cardinals fared: Albert Pujols started the game at first base and was hitless in two at bats. Yadier Molina was the starting catcher and had a base hit. Chris Carpenter, who has struggled recently, did not pitch.

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