SAN DIEGO -- Tom Glavine had not lost in nearly two months. Last night, he was beaten after 20 minutes.
Bob Tewksbury had not issued a walk in nearly a month. Last night, he threw four consecutive balls in his second inning.
Doug Jones, well, OK, so he was hit hard last weekend against the New York Mets.
In that game, he most certainly did not nearly fall off the mound.
That is what happened in the eighth inning of last night's All-Star Game while Jones was delivering a 1-and-2 pitch to Ivan Rodriguez.
Jones stumbled, found his balance just before landing in the dirt, and managed to throw a ball that landed in the catcher's outstretched mitt.
"I was lucky I didn't hit anybody," said Jones, who pitches for the Houston Astros. "I was lucky I didn't hit the backstop."
The National League's 13-6 loss left its pitching staff feeling lucky to find the parking lot.
"After a while, it was getting spooky," Jones said after giving up three runs in one inning. "It was like, 'Let's get out of here.' "
When they finally did leave, in their wake were bruised egos and fresh records.
The American League set a record for most hits with 19. Glavine set a record for most hits (seven) allowed by one pitcher in one inning and most hits (nine) allowed in a game.
The National League set a record for most earned runs allowed in a game with 13.
Glavine was so distracted by it all, while he was on the mound Roberto Alomar set the record with two stolen bases in one inning.
"By the time I got to bat [in the second inning], I was exhausted," Pittsburgh's Andy Van Slyke said.
And to think that the majority of the AL's runs were scored off the NL's wins leader (Glavine), earned run average leader (Tewksbury) and third-best reliever (Jones).
"Figure that one out," said Tewksbury of St. Louis, who had walked nine batters in 134 2/3 innings.
Atlanta's Glavine, who allowed five runs in the first 1 2/3 innings, tried to look at the bright side.
"If I can start an All-Star Game every year, then have somebody tell me I stink, I'll take it," he said.
The National Leaguers knew they were in trouble when none of the AL's seven hits in the first inning were hard. Nothing was smashed, in fact, except four AL bats.
And just what did Glavine, coach Leo Mazzone and catcher Benito Santiago talk about during a first-inning conference on the mound?
"We laughed," Santiago said. "We knew there was nothing we could do."