Ryan Howard went 0-for-2 and Roy Halladay threw 17 pitches, becoming only a small part in the main plotline of National League pitching dominance. (Getty)
Making his first appearance in right field this season, former Phillie Marlon Byrd, who has been the lone beacon of light for a dismal Cubs team, came through with a key force out to help the NL win their first All-Star Game since 1996. With David Ortiz on first, Byrd quickly converged on a bloop, spun and fired to get the force at second to prevent the tying run from reaching base in the ninth inning. According to reports, it was the first All-Star Game outfield force out in 53 years. Byrd's two-out walk in the seventh also set up Brian McCann's three-run double. Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel also mapped out a tight blueprint to neutralize a strong American League lineup, going with match-ups by mixing starters and relievers in the middle innings. Should the Phillies reach their third-straight World Series, they'll have home-field advantage.
Beerleaguer: Byrd has become your classic late bloomer and is living up to the promise he displayed as a prospect in the Phillies' system, particularly during a sizzling 2001 season in Double-A Reading (.316/.386/.555, 28 homers, 32 stolen bases).