1996 NPB All-Star Game

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The 1996 NPB All-Star Games featured three contests. For the first time in six years, the Pacific League won the series to end a five-year run by the Central League.

Game 1[edit]

Game 1 was held on July 20 at Fukuoka Dome in front of 32,296 fans. Kazunori Yamamoto hit a 3-run pinch-hit homer off Keiichi Yabu in the 6th and was named MVP. Hiroshi Takamura saved it for Kip Gross; each PL hurler worked three innings and it would be 23 years before another hurler matched Takamura's 3-inning save in an All-Star Game.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Central 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 4 10 0
Pacific 3 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 - 7 10 0

Players used[edit]

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Hideki Matsui, RF (Yomiuri Giants)
  2. Kenjiro Nomura, SS (Hiroshima Carp)
  3. Akira Eto, 3B (Hiroshima)
  4. Hiromitsu Ochiai, DH (Yomiuri)
  5. Tom O'Malley, 1B (Yakult Swallows)
  6. Alonzo Powell, CF (Chunichi Dragons)
  7. Takeshi Yamasaki, LF (Chunichi)
  8. Hatsuhiko Tsuji, 2B (Yakult)
  9. Shuji Nishiyama, C (Hiroshima)

Backups Used

Manager

Coaches

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Ichiro Suzuki, RF (Orix BlueWave)
  2. Arihito Muramatsu, LF (Daiei Hawks)
  3. Yukio Tanaka, SS (Nippon Ham Fighters)
  4. Kazuhiro Kiyohara, 1B (Seibu Lions
  5. Bernardo Brito, DH (Nippon Ham)
  6. Koji Akiyama, CF (Daiei)
  7. Kiyoshi Hatsushiba, 3B (Chiba Lotte Marines)
  8. Hiroki Kokubo, 2B (Daiei)
  9. Tsutomu Itoh, C (Seibu)

Backups Used

Manager

Coaches

Umpires[edit]

Game 2[edit]

Game 2 took place at the Tokyo Dome July 21 with an attendance of 42,938. The PL sealed the deal; after being shut out for four, they scored twice in the 6th then exploded for four in the 7th off Balvino Galvez. Kazuhiro Kiyohara drove in 3 and won the MVP. Takeshi Shimazaki got the win. In an odd move, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki pitched the final out, facing pinch-hitter Shingo Takatsu, usually a pitcher.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Central 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
Pacific 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 0 - 7 7 0

Players used[edit]

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Maeda, CF
  2. Tatsunami, 2B
  3. O'Malley, 3B
  4. Ochiai, 1B
  5. Taiho, DH
  6. Matsui, RF
  7. Furuta, C
  8. Takahiro Saeki, LF (Yokohama)
  9. Kuji, SS

Backups Used

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Suzuki, RF
  2. Koichi Hori, 2B (Chiba Lotte)
  3. Tanaka, SS
  4. Kiyohara, 1B
  5. Brito, DH
  6. Akiyama, CF
  7. Nakamura, 3B
  8. Yoshinaga, C
  9. Taguchi, LF

Backups Used

Umpires[edit]

Game 3[edit]

With the Series decided, only 19,340 fans came to Toyama Civil Stadium on July 23 to see the CL escape a sweep; MVP Tomoaki Kanemoto hit a 3-run homer in the 2nd off Masaru Imazeki. Shinji Sasaoka saved the game for Takashi Saito. Ichiro was the bright spot for the PL, going 2 for 3 with a steal and scoring both their runs.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pacific 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
Central 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 4 6 0

Players used[edit]

Central League Starting Lineup

  1. Maeda, CF
  2. Nomura, SS
  3. Etoh, 3B
  4. O'Malley, 1B
  5. Powell, DH
  6. Matsui, RF
  7. Kanemoto, LF
  8. Wada, 2B
  9. Nakamura, C

Backups Used

  • Yamasaki, LF
  • Tatsunami, SS
  • Taiho, 1B
  • Ochiai, DH
  • Tsuji, DH
  • Furuta, C
  • Nishiyama, C
  • Hiroaki Nakayama, P (Chunichi)
  • Tabata, P
  • Masato Yoshii, P (Yakult)
  • Takatsu, P
  • Sasaki, P
  • Sasaoka, P

Pacific League Starting Lineup

  1. Suzuki, RF
  2. Muramatsu, LF
  3. Akiyama, CF
  4. Kiyohara, 1B
  5. Hatsushiba, 3B
  6. Hori, 2B
  7. Tanaka, DH
  8. Nakajima, C
  9. Hamana, SS

Backups Used

Umpires[edit]

  • Momoi (Home), Ino (1B), Murata (2B), Inoue (3B)

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