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NBP ASG: Game 1 CL blanks PL, 4-0

by on Jul.20, 2007 @ 8:05 am, under NPB

The Central League busted out in style hitting 3 homers en route to a 4-0 win over the Pacific League. Alex Ramirez (2-run shot), Tomonori Maeda (solo) hit their homeruns in the bottom of the 7th and Masahiko Morino (solo) added his in the bottom of the 8th.

Koji Uehara (1 IP, 1 H, 1 HBP), Shingo Takatsu (1 IP), Masanori Hayashi (1 IP, 1 K), Atsushi Kizuka (1 IP, 1 K), Hitoki Iwase (1 IP, 1 K), Hiroki Kuroda (1 IP), Tomoyuki Kubota (1 IP, 1 K), Marc Kroon (1 IP), and Kyuji Fujikawa (1 IP, 2K) combined to toss a 1-hit shutout. Kubota got a win and Fujikawa notched a save.

Takahiro Mahara was the losing pitcher on record. He pitched the 7th and gave up the 2 homeruns that netted the CL the first 3 runs of the game. Yu Darvish was perfect in his 2 innings of work while striking out 1. Hideaki Kuwai (1 IP, 1 H), Yasuhiko Yabuta (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K), and Hiroyuki Kobayashi (2 IP, 1 K) followed Darvish and managed to keep the potent CL offense off the scoreboard. Hisashi Takeda pitched the 9th inning and surrendered the last homerun of the game before recording the final out.

Pacific League
Tsuyoshi Nishioka 1-for-2

Central League
Alex Ramirez 1-for-3, HR, 2 rbi
Masahiko Morino 1-for-1, HR, rbi
Tomonori Maeda, 1-for-1, HR, rbi

MVP of the Game: Alex Ramirez