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[7/22/2013] Mazda All-Star Game 2013 News and Notes

by on Jul.23, 2013 @ 12:23 am, under NPB

Quick All-Star news and notes from July 22:

  • The All-Star Series ended with zero home runs for the first time since 1953.
  • A total ten runs were scored during the series (five runs for each league).  That is the second lowest run total behind the seven that were scored during the 1953 series.
  • Shohei Otani joined Kazuhiro Kiyohara (1986, Game 2) as the only two players out of high school in All-Star history to record a shukunda (a decisive hit that scores a go-ahead, game-tying, tie-breaking, or lead-changing run) in their first series.
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka fouled a ball off his right foot in the top of 5th and was removed on defense in the bottom-half of the inning.
  • All three Chunichi players on the roster did not make it into tonight's game: Motonobu Tanishige had a shot at making an appearance as a pinch-hitter in the 9th, but lost the opportunity when Norihiro Nakamura hit into a game-ending double-play; Yohei Oshima made an appearance as a base coach and would have gotten a chance to make it into the game as a pinch-runner in the 6th, but Wladimir Balentien grounded out to second; Hitoki Iwase was not scheduled to pitch since he already made an appearance in Game 1.
  • Morimichi Takagi decided not to drive the entire distance back to Nagoya from Iwaki after the game (about 540 kilometers).  He still, however, planned to make the drive back to Tokyo (about 200 kilometers).

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/22/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2013, Nikkan Sports 7/22/2013Sponichi 7/22/2013