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NPB: 2008 Mazda All-Star Game 1 / PL beats CL, 5-4 on Yamasaki’s walk-off single

by on Jul.31, 2008 @ 5:31 am, under NPB

Code:
Pacific League          
CF Hichori Morimoto  .292, 42 R, 11 SB
SS Munenori Kawasaki .322, 55 R, 19 SB
RF Atsunori Inaba    .313, 13 HR, 63 RBI
DH Tuffy Rhodes      .280, 26 HR, 77 RBI
LF GG Sato           .309, 21 HR, 62 RBI
1B Hiroki Kubota     .276, 18 HR, 49 RBI
3B Takeya Nakamura   .237, 24 HR, 52 RBI
2B Kensuke Tanaka    .299, 62 R, 15 SB
C  Takeshi Hidaka    .293, 31 R, 31 RBI

Central League
CF Norichika Aoki    .359, 55 R, 23 SB
2B Akihiro Higashide .341, 46 R, 10 SB
1B Takahiro Arai     .311, 50 R, 58 RBI
DH Alex Ramirez      .322, 30 HR, 85 RBI
LF Tomoaki Kanemoto  .310, 53 R, 69 RBI
3B Shuichi Murata    .310, 30 HR, 76 RBI
RF Tomonori Maeda    .240, 10 R, 23 RBI
C  Abe Shinnosuke    .263, 13 HR, 43 RBI
SS Hayato Sakamoto   .248, 37 R, 20 RBI

The CL is currently leading the PL, 1-0 on a homerun by Kanemoto. The homerun was off Yu Darvish. Now going into the bottom of the 2nd.

The homerun came with 1 out. The count was squared at 2 and 2. Kanemoto hit Darvish's 6 pitch, a fastball clocked at 151km/h (~94mph) and right down the middle of the plate.

The pitch-by-pitch
P1: Fastball, up and away and out of the zone, ball, 151km/h
P2: Fastball, up and away and in the zone, fouled off, 144km/h
P3: Fastball, up and in the zone, no swing strike, 146km/h
P4: Fastball, away and out of the zone, fouled off, 146km/h
P5: Fastball, up and away and out of the zone, ball, 148km/h
P6: Fastball, down the middle and in the zone, HR, 151km/h

Furuta is in the booth helping out with the color commentary.

Bottom of the second
Rhodes starts off the bottom of the second with a single to left. Sato follows with a double to center. Kubota hits a sac fly to right, scoring Rhodes from third; Sato to third. Nakamura and Tanaka both strike out to end the inning.

Top of the third
Naoyuki Shimizu now pitching for the PL. Abe flies out for the first out. Sakamoto strikes out swinging. Aoki singles up the middle for his second hit of the night. Highashide flies out to center to end the inning.

Bottom of the third
Darvish out, Takashi Ogasawara in. Darvish is holding an interview and says he only threw fastballs. Hidaka with a single. Morimoto strikes out looking. Kawasaki with a single up the middle, runners on first and second with one out. Inaba hits a line drive single to center. Kawasaki over-runs second and is tagged out. Runners on first and third, 2 outs. Rhodes hits a slow roller back to the pitcher and is thrown out at first to end the inning.

Recap of innings 4-8
The score remained tied at 1 until the bottom of the 5th when the Pacific League scored 2 runs off Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi. But the Central League came back in the top of the 7th by scoring three runs off Kazuyuki Hoashi.

Bottom of the 8th
Kyuji Fujikawa in to pitch. He will only be throwing fastballs. Shoitsu Oomatsu fouls out. Tuffy Rhodes flies out to deep center. GG Sato flies out to right to end the inning.

Top of the 9th
Daisuke Kato in to pitch. Ramirez strikes out. Kanemoto flies out to left. Murata grounds out to short to end the inning.

Bottom of the 9th
Tomoyuki Kubota in to pitch. Rick Short doubles to right. Nakajima lines out to the shortstop. Nishioaka pokes one through the right side for a single. Runners on first and third, one out. Nobuhiko Matsunaka pinch hitting Toru Hosokawa. Matsunaka singles to the right side, Short scores from third, tie ball game. Runners on first and second, one out. Takeshi Yamasaki pinch hitting for Morimoto. Yamasaki hits a fly ball to right that dunks in for a hit. Nishioka scores from second, game over!

Code:
    1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  R  H   E
CL  0  1  0  0  0  0  3  0  0  4  9   1
PL  1  0  0  0  2  0  0  0  2  5  14  1

CENTRAL LEAUGE
BATTING 2B: Tyrone Woods (1, Hoashi) HR: Tomoaki Kanemoto (1, 2nd inning off Darvish, 0 on, 1 out) TB: Kanemoto 5 (5), Aoki 2 (2), Woods 2 (2), Murata 1 (1), Ramirez 1 (1), Uchikawa 1 (1), Wada 1 (1) RBI: Kanemoto 2 (2), Sakamoto 1 (1), Uchikawa 1 (1) FIELDING E: Higashide (1, fielding) IP BF PT H HR SO BB R ER Takahashi 2 8 23 2 0 3 0 1 1 Ogasawara 2 8 27 4 0 1 0 0 0 Shimoyanagi 1 6 17 2 0 2 0 2 1 Otake 2 7 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 Fujikawa 1 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 Kubota, L .1 5 13 4 0 0 0 2 2
PACIFIC LEAGUE
BATTING 2B: GG Sato (1, Takahashi), Hiroyuki Nakajima (1, Otake), Rick Short (1, Kubota) TB: GG Sato 3 (3), Hidaka 2 (2), Nakajima 2 (2), Short 2 (2), Inaba 1 (1), Kawasaki 1 (1), Matsunaka 1 (1), Morimoto 1 (1), Nishioka 1 (1), Rhodes 1 (1), Tanaka 1 (1), Yamasaki 1 (1) RBI: Kokubo 1 (1), Matsunaka 1 (1), Morimoto 1 (1), Yamasaki 1 (1) FIELDING E: Nakajima (1, throwing) IP BF PT H HR SO BB R ER Darvish 2 7 27 3 1 0 0 1 1 Shimizu 2 7 21 1 0 2 0 0 0 Yamamoto 2 6 26 0 0 2 0 0 0 Hoashi 2 10 30 5 0 0 1 3 2 Kato, W 1 3 15 0 0 1 0 0 0

0 comments on “NPB: 2008 Mazda All-Star Game 1 / PL beats CL, 5-4 on Yamasaki’s walk-off single

  1. Gwynar

    Aoki went 2-for-3 with 2 singles, a strikeout, and, get ready for it… a walk!

    He was also caught stealing.