United States 3, Japan 0
TOKYO (AP) _ Jack Morris, Rick Rhoden and Willie Hernandez combined on a three-hitter Monday as the U.S. Major League All-Stars defeated Japan’s pro stars, 3-0.
It was the U.S. team’s third victory against no defeats in a seven-game goodwill series in Japan.
Morris, who pitched the first four innings, allowed one hit, and fellow Detroit Tiger Hernandez, pitching the last two innings, gave up two. In between, Rhoden, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, held Japan hitless for three innings to earn the victory before 35,000 spectators at Seibu Stadium.
Catcher Rich Gedman of the Boston Red Sox suffered a fractured left cheekbone while warming up in the bullpen and was treated at a hospital. A Japanese baseball official said Gedman and his wife wanted to return home Tuesday.
The U.S. team, piloted by World Series champion New York Mets Manager Davey Johnson, scored two runs in the first inning on three hits off losing pitcher Kimiyasu Kudo of the Seibu Lions. Kudo was selected most valuable player in this year’s Japan Series.
Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs reached on an infield single and scored from first when third baseman Hiromichi Ishige threw Frank White’s infield grounder away at first base. White, of the Kansas City Royals, was credited with a single.
White advanced to third on the error and scored on a single by Atlanta’s Dale Murphy.
The U.S. team added a run in the eighth inning when catcher Tony Pena of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a home run off Hiroshi Nagatomi of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Nagatomi was the Central League’s top rookie in 1986 with a 10-2 record, two saves and a 3.04 earned run average.
The Japanese all-stars best chance came in the ninth inning when Ishige and Hiromichi Ochiai of the Lotte Orions each singled off Hernandez, but were stranded.
Japan’s only other hit was a double by Ishige in the first inning.
Japanese manager Sadao Kondo of the Central League’s Yokohama Taiyo Whales said: ″We found there is a big difference in power between U.S. and Japanese baseball, but we would like to win at least one game.″
The fourth game is scheduled for Wednesday in Heiwadai Stadium on Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu.