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American League Rallies in Top of Ninth, Wins All-Star Game.

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2007 All-Star Game - John Moreali Home Run
John Moreali hits a 2-run blast in the first. (Photo by Jim Hadley).

The 2007 version of the SJMSBL All-Star Game took place at San José Municipal Stadium on Thursday August 2nd with the American League rallying with two runs in the top of the ninth for a hard fought 6-5 win in a back-and-forth battle.

This year's version of the annual classic combined players from all three SJMSBL divisions - National, American, and Central - based on their Major League Baseball team nicknames. The American League was comprised of players from the A's, A's(18), Blue Jays, Indians, Orioles, Red Sox, Royals(18), Tigers, Tigers(18), Twins(18), Twins New(18), White Sox, and Yankees and the National League was represented by players from the Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, D-Backs, D-Backs(18), Expos, Giants, Padres, Pirates, and Reds.

The American League jumped to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when John Moreali of the Central Division's Tigers(18) hit a two-run home run blast off Jeremy Advincula of the American Division's Braves.

National League pitchers Rich Valencia (Reds(18)) and Brian Feduk (D-Backs(18)) shut down the American League offense in the second and third innings.

American League pitchers Darren Headley (Twins(18)), Matt Cannon (Tigers(18)), and 65-year-old Hal Levin (Blue Jays) stymied the National League for the first three innings allowing only one hit and one walk.

2007 All-Star Game - Hal Levin
65-year-old Hal Levin pitching in the third inning. (Photo by Jim Hadley).

The American League added another run in the top of the fourth inning to make it 3-0 when Miguel White (A's) scored on Nick Taylor's (New Twins (18)) sacrifice fly. White had walked and moved to third base on two passed balls.

The National League finally broke through and started their comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning with a single run. Ruben Vidal (Brewers) smacked a single off Nelson Villanueva (Indians), stole second and third, and scored to make it 3-1 when the defense chose to give up the run for outs.

Micah Mitchell (Cardinals) came on to pitch the top of the fifth inning for the National League. He started strong by striking out the first two batters, but then struggled, walking the next three hitters to fill the bases. Fortunately for Mitchell, the American League stranded all three runners when the sixth batter of the inning popped out to first base.

The National League completed their comeback and took the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Mike Girard (Cardinals) cracked the first of his two doubles of the night to score a runner from second base. Girard scored on Mitchell's single to knot the game at 3-3. The National League took their first lead at 4-3 when Mitchell scored on a fielder's choice by Kevin Wakeman (Giants).

The National League's lead was short-lived. Travis Bearden (D'Backs(18)) came on to pitch the sixth inning. Bearden struck out the first two batters before Rick Ebster (Tigers) got to him for a single. Ebster moved into scoring position and was subsequently knocked in by Bill Minasian's (Red Sox) base hit, tying the score once again at 4-4.

The National League recaptured the lead in the bottom half of the sixth. Mike Phillips (Padres) smacked a single, stole second, and went to third when the errant throw went into center field. Phillips scored the go-ahead run to make it 5-4 when Girard smacked his second double of the evening.

The next two innings were scoreless as National League pitchers Paul Codiga (Braves) and Damian Moore (D-Backs) and American League pitchers Derek St. Louis (Orioles) and Jamie Ybarra (Indians) put up goose eggs.

2007 All-Star Game - Riall Moore Game Winning RBIs
Riall Moore singles in the winning runs in the top of the ninth. (Photo by Jim Hadley).

With a 5-4 lead, the National League brought in Shawn Owen (Padres) in the top of the ninth to try to close out the game but the first two hitters battled him tough to earn walks. Left-handed hitter Alfred Buzo (Yankees) laid down a superb sacrifice bunt down the third base line moving the runners to second and third. Pinch hitter Riall Moore (A's) slugged a single down the first base line to score the tying and lead runs. Owen closed out the inning without any further damage, but the American League now clung to a 6-5 lead going to the bottom of the ninth.

Ybarra came out for his second inning of work in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, the National League attempted another comeback. Erik Rosales (Braves) reached base on an error. Micah Mitchell replaced Rosales on the base paths as a courtesy runner but was subsequently shot down trying to steal second by catcher Matt Frandsen (Orioles). Ybarra struck out the last hitter to end the game and earn the win.

American League
Hitter AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB SAC
Mike Park20000000100
Chris Rodd21000000000
John Moreali11100120100
Ryan Bernard10000000100
Steve McClean10000001120
Chris Peterson10000001100
Kyle Hatzenbulher10000001000
Joe Brotherton20000000000
Jamie Ybarra30100000100
Seth Turner20000000200
Rick Ebster21100000000
Bill Minasian10000011000
Greg Cohen20000000100
Miguel White11000001100
Nick Taylor10000010001
Todd Leanues10100001010
Adam Ferguson10000000000
Matt Frandsen10000000000
Jack Stevens10000000100
Chris Cooper10000000000
Larkin Castaneda01000001010
Frank Grengo01000001000
Alfred Buzo00000000001
Riall Moore10100020000
Total2965001681142
National League
Hitter AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB SAC
Steve Goldberg10000001020
Jeremy Advincula21100000020
Huck Hibberd20000000100
Greg Hancock20000000000
Travis Bearden20000000200
Brian Pino20000000000
Steve Hungerford20000000000
Mike Rodgers20000000100
Erik Rosales20100000010
Pat Saporito20000000100
Reggie Woodard10110001000
Ruben Vidal20100000000
Kevin Wakeman20000010000
Steve Monigold20000000000
Drew Pleasant10000001100
Mike Phillips21100000010
James Steinle11000000100
Mike Girard21220020000
Daniel Rideau20000000000
Micah Mitchell11100010000
Damian Moore10000000000
Total365830043760
American League
Pitcher IP R H BB K
Darren Headley10011
Matt Cannon10001
Hal Levin10101
Nelson Villanueva11101
Andy Laveroni13310
Chris Gresh11202
Derek St. Louis10100
Jamie Ybarra20011
Total95837
National League
Pitcher IP R H BB K
Jeremy Advincula12101
Rich Valencia10001
Brian Feduk10111
Brian Butcher11021
Micah Mitchell10032
Travis Bearden11103
Paul Codiga10101
Damian Moore10001
Shawn Owen12120
Total965811

American Roster

Managers, Coaches
Num Name Pos Team
12Jerry HoffmanMgrBlue Jays
7José MendozaCoachYankees
Pitchers
Num Name Pos Team
36Matt CannonPTigers(18)
32Bruce GossettPTwins New(18)
24Chris GreshPA's(18)
57Darren HeadleyPTwins(18)
19Andy LaveroniPA's
42Hal LevinPBlue Jays
43Kris MacKellerPYankees
29Derek St. LouisPOrioles
12Nelson VillanuevaPIndians
Catchers
Num Name Pos Team
19Matt FrandsenCOrioles
34Seth TurnerCRoyals(18)
Infielders
Num Name Pos Team
8Joe Brotherton2BRed Sox
4Larkin Castaneda1BTwins New(18)
27Chris Cooper1B, POrioles
4Rick EbsterSSTigers
8Adam FergusonSSA's(18)
10Kyle HatzenbuhlerSS, PRoyals(18)
49Steve McClean3BTwins(18)
1Chris Petersen1BIndians
22Nick Taylor1B, PTwins New(18)
9Jamie YbarraSS, PIndians
Outfielders
Num Name Pos Team
5Ryan BernardOF, IFTigers(18)
16Alfred BuzoOFYankees
9Greg CohenOF, IFYankees
13Frank GrengoOFWhite Sox
20Todd LeanuesOFTigers
22Bill MinasianOF, PRed Sox
37Riall MooreOF, PA's
9Johnny MorealiOF, IFTigers(18)
1Mike ParkOFBlue Jays
20Chris RoddOFTwins(18)
1Miquel WhiteOFA's

National Roster

Managers, Coaches
Num Name Pos Team
24José MedinaCoachReds(18)
--Greg RodriguesCoachBraves
--Dion RollersonCoachExpos
7Jon TreesMgrCardinals
Pitchers
Num Name Pos Team
22Brian ButcherPExpos
25Paul CodigaPBraves
26Brian FedukPDiamondbacks(18)
24Micah MitchellPCardinals
3Damian MoorePDiamondbacks
1Shawn OwenPPadres
35Rich ValenciaPReds(18)
Catchers
Num Name Pos Team
12Daniel RideauCExpos
14Erik RosalesCBraves
Infielders
Num Name Pos Team
14Jeremy AdvinculaIF, PBraves
30Todd FortuneSS, PPirates
20Mike Girard1BCardinals
3Steve GoldbergSSReds(18)
18Greg Hancock3BCardinals
15Steve Hungerford1BPadres
9Steve MonigoldSSBrewers
21Mike RodgersSSDiamondbacks
4Pat Saporito2B, SSPirates
14Ruben Vidal2B, 3BBrewers
Outfielders
Num Name Pos Team
3Travis BeardenOFDiamondbacks(18)
22Huck HibberdOFGiants
20Mike PhillipsOFPadres
91Brian PinoOFReds(18)
25Drew PleasantOFDiamondbacks(18)
19James SteinleOFDiamondbacks
26Kevin WakemanOF, PGiants
27Reggie WoodardOFExpos