Marlon Byrd – the Cubs lone representative in the 2010 All-Star Game – shined in the NL’s 3-1 win over the AL.
Trailing 1-0 in the 7th inning, the National League started a great scoring chance on singles by Scott Rolen and Matt Holliday to have 1st and 3rd with 2 outs. Marlon Byrd came to the plate and worked out a tough walk against Matt Thornton. Then he came around to score the NL’s 3rd run on Brian McCann’s bases-clearing double that won the game for the National League. Byrd’s eagle eye at the plate kept the inning alive for McCann’s heroics.
Byrd also made a spectacular play in the 9th inning to end a scoring threat for the AL. David Ortiz singled against Jonathan Broxton to lead off the 9th inning. With one out, John Buck hit a little flair out to right field that fell in front of Byrd. Byrd played the hop perfectly to his left and spun around to throw a perfect one-hop strike to Rafael Furcal at 2nd base. Ortiz, who had to play it safe in case Byrd caught the ball on the fly in shallow right, was in no man’s land. A faster runner may have beat out Byrd’s throw – raising questions as to why Manager Joe Girardi did not use Alex Rodriguez (the sole AL player available) to pinch run for Ortiz – but Ortiz did not get there in time and just like that there were 2 outs. Broxton then got Ian Kinsler to fly out to right center field to end the game. It was the National League’s first win in the Midsummer Classic since 1996.
Good job Marlon – you represented the Cubs well…