Much to the chagrin of Braves fans, Shelby Miller, the Braves only representative at the All-Star game this year, did not get to pitch as the National League fell to the American League in the 2015 Al-Star Game, 6-3
Shelby had a 2.38 ERA going in to the break, although only a 5-5 record due to what can only be described as abysmal run support during the first half of the season.
However, as has been the case in All-Star games of late, once the stable of Zack Greinke, Gerrit Cole, Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw, and Jacob deGrom had pitched it was time for the relievers to get their time in the sun. By the end of the top of the 8th inning, it became apparent that getting Shelby in the game was going to be tough.
#Braves Shelby Miller one of seven pitchers left in NL bullpen.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) July 15, 2015
Getting all of the players playing time in this day and age in All-Star games is virtually impossible now that home field advantage is on the line and unfortunately that is what ultimately keep Shelby off the mound in Cincinnati. Managers are deathly afraid of what happens if the game goes to extra innings with so much on the line that keeping several pitchers back is commonplace now. At least Braves fans can find solace in the fact that it definitely was Shelby that gave up 2 runs on three hits and a walk in just one inning (Kershaw) or got taken deep by Brian Dozier (Melancon).
And he definitely didn't strike out twice and go 0 for 3 (Bryce)
As a side note, former Brave Justin Upton got a hit in his only plate appearance and also stole second in the same inning.