Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Another blackout hit the Bronx tonight, but this time the energy failure only afflicted the American League All-Star baseball team.
The rowdy National Leaguers, screaming and slapping backs in their dugout from the first pitch, intimidated the zombielike American League as if by force of collective will and chalked up another cut-and-dried All-Star Game victory, 7-5, before 56,683 in Yankee Stadium.
The first man to bat tonight, Joe Morgan, slammed a home run into the right-field seats off the AL's Cy Young pitcher Jim Palmer to set the night's tone of intimidation.
Before the first inning was done George Foster had doubled in a run and Greg Luzinski had added a two-run homer for a lightning 4-0 lead. Steve Garvey bludgeoned a 450-foot homer in the third to KO Palmer and build a typical 5-0 National League bulge that was never in much danger.
When AL manager Billy Martin finally reached the mound to offer Palmer sanctuary, the pitcher's only words were, "What took you so long?"
The pattern of this midsummer nightmare game has become almost too simple to be credible. "It sounds trite," said Morgan, "but look at it. We come out and jump on them as fast as we can. That seems to be the key to All-Star games."
The heart and soul of that NL spirit were the contingents from Cincinnati and Los Angelws, which seemed to fight each other to see who could holler louder and shake hands first.
"There's a kind of enthusiasm on our side that I did not detect on the other side," said starter, winner and game MVP Don Sutton of the Dodgers. He opened with three shutout innings that let the National get its rolling start.
George Scott saved the American League from another embarrassing one-sided score by blasting a two-run homer to right center with one out in the ninth off Rich Gossage. But for the American League, which has now lost six of these Star Wars in a row and 14 of the last 15, it was only a futile flicker of light in another dark night.
No sooner did Morgan come to bat than the light began to dim for the perennial victims.
Palmer, perhaps stiff from waiting through nearly a half-hour of ceremonies after completing his warmups, finally faced Morgan at 8:57 p.m. and immediately threw three straight balls. By the time the count reached 3-2, Morgan had Palmer's hard stuff clocked and bashed it five rows deep into the right field pavillion for a leadoff homer.
No sooner had Palmer fanned Garvey, than Dave Parker sliced a single and Foster roped a line drive up the Polish corridor between Richie Zisk and Carl Yastrzemski in left center.
Parker, under merciless NL orders the AL outfield with base running the way Cincinnati had New York in the World Series, tried to score from first on what amounted to a long single.
The all-Boston relay of Yastrzemski to Rick Burleson to Carlton Fisk best Parker to the plate, but a gorgeous fadeaway slide (do they teach those in the other league?) left Fisk flailing at a phantom.
With Foster at second. Palmer was left to stare down the barrel of the hottest bat in the NL - Luzinkski's.
And the Philadelphia Bull battled Palmer's high heat and offspeed junk through eight pitches and a 3-2 count. But nine was Palmer's unlucky number. The Oriole who leads the regualar-season majors in allowing homers (20) just slumped his shoulders as Luzinski blasted a slider away into almost the same spot as Morgan's homer. Jackson in right simply rested his head against the wall.
The NL barely waited to strike again. Garvey opened the third with a rocket into the Al bullpen to dispose of Palmer.
The middle innings were distinguished by two brilliant robberies in the center field.
Foster, playing an unfamiliar position, raced to the depins of Death Valley to grab a Rod Carew drive at the very top of the fence 425 feet away. Fred Lynn returned the compliment by running down a Morgan blast at the 385-foot sign before smashing into the wall.
NL manager Sparky Anderson made both the crowd and the American League hitters happy by letting Tom Seaver pitch in the sixth. Seaver, who received a pregame ovation even greater than that for Mays and Joe DiMaggio, had given up all four AL runs in the last two All-Star games.
Seaver kept his record intact as the only pitcher the American can hit by giving up a first-pitch Carew single, a Lynn walk and a two-run Zisk double up the right-center gap.