MLB All-Stars beat Japan in Game 5

The MLB All-Stars held on to win Game 5 of the Japan Series, 3-1.

japanThe win came without stars like Seattle’s Robinson Cano (fractured pinky toe) and TB’s Evan Longoria (who was plunked in this game).

LA Angels rookie Matt Shoemaker led the way with five scoreless innings. He allowed just two hits and struck out two. One of the base runners was picked off first base.

Lefty Randy Choate allowed a run in the seventh, though it came when Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter allowed an RBI ground out.

Free agent Jose Veras threw a perfect eighth before Pittsburgh’s Mark Melancon earned the save.

On offense, the MLB All-Stars collected 12 hits, five from the top two in the order (Houston’s Jose Altuve and LA Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig). Minnesota’s Eduardo Nunez had two hits off the bench as Longo’s replacement.

Also having two hits was KC Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. He also scored a run in the third on an Altuve ground out. Royals catcher Salvador Perez went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. The K came with the bases loaded and two outs in the 3rd inning. Perez was pinch-hit for in the seventh by fellow Royal Erik Kratz (he went 0-for-2).

The MLB All-Stars finish up their trip to Japan on Thursday in another exhibition game at 4am ET on MLB Network. LA Angels lefty Hector Santiago will get the start (he pitched an inning of relief in Game 1).

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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