"Fortunately, it looked worse than it felt," said left-fielder Braun, who had his hand bent under him while making the grab. "When I got up, it didn't hurt. That made the catch a lot better. It was all reaction. I didn't think about the risk of getting hurt."
Noted more for his bat than his glove, web gems from Braun aren't a regular occurrence. But this was a catch that anyone would have been proud of.
"It was definitely one of my better catches, that's for sure," Braun said. "Especially considering the circumstances and the significance. I didn't get any hits, but I was still able to contribute to the National League's first victory in a long time."
The NL won, 3-1, despite getting nothing offensively out of Braun or Hart, who started in right field. They were both 0-for-2 and are a combined 0-for-12 in All-Star Game appearances.
Yovani Gallardo, the Brewers' other All-Star selection, is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique and made the trip to Anaheim as a spectator. Eligible to come off the DL on Tuesday, he threw in the bullpen on Thursday and is scheduled to have another side session Saturday.
"It felt good, and we'll have to see how things go," said Gallardo, who is 8-4 with a 2.58 ERA in 18 starts. "I really don't know what my timetable is."