BRASS BASEBALL LEAGUE
2001 ALL-STAR GAME

Special thanks to John Winters for hosting this year’s mid-summer classic!   What follows is a summary of the game, compliments of the GM from Columbus.  John is happy to report, I’m sure, that his NL squad “took out” the AL by a 5-4 margin…….. 

All-Star game day opened hot and humid here at Fred Bridgedale Park, home of the Columbus Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio.  By 2:00 it was a hot 92 degrees.  After the usual preliminaries, the fun began.  ARod led off against the Big Unit with a sharp base hit to left.  But Johnson settled down and got Glaus, Delgado, and Vlad.   

Derrick Jeter led off with a base hit for the Nationals in the 1st, and stole 2nd.   Jason Kendall’s single up the middle scored Jeter, and it was 1-0, Nationals.  Lawton followed with a double to deep center, scoring Kendall, and it was a quick 2-0.   Sosa walked, and Thomas reached on a Delgado error to load the bases.  Amazingly, the first 6 batters had all reached vs. Pedro.  Pedro struck out Alou, and Charlie Johnson hit a sharp grounder to Glaus, which resulted in a rare 5-2-3 DP and the end of the National threat.   

Johnson set the Americans down easily in the 2nd, allowing only a single to Bonds before Jeff Kent hit into a 6-4-3 DP.  Pedro was much sharper in the bottom of the 2nd, allowing only a lead off single to Alfonzo, and getting Randa to bound into a DP.

The Big Unit pitched a polished 3rd, allowing a 2-out triple to ARod, but otherwise setting down the Americans with ease.  Johnson, done for the day, pitched 3 shutout innings against the best the Americans had to offer.   Pedro set the Nationals down in order in the bottom of the 3rd, the only 1-2-3 inning so far.  Pedro also pitched well, but the Nationals managed to get 2 runs before Pedro could get an out, and so he leaves the game down 2-0. 

Mike Mussina came on to pitch in the 4th for the Nationals.  Three up, three down.  Greg Maddux replaced Pedro for the Americans to lead off the 4th.   With 2 outs, Todd Helton became the first substitution of the game, and he reached on error.  Alfonzo ripped his second hit of the day into center, but Maddux shut down Randa.   Randy Wolf then came in to pitch for the Nationals.  The only offense the Americans could muster was a squibber booted by Kendall.   

Andrew Jones replaced Gonzalez in CF to open the bottom of the 5th, and Kevin Millwood came on to pitch for the Americans.  Jeter led off with a single, and Lawton followed one out later, but Sosa grounded into a DP to end the inning.  The Nationals opened the 6th with 3 substitutions, Vazquez on the mound, Bernie Williams in CF and IRod behind the plate.  ARod led off by smacking his 3rd hit of the day into left field.  But Glaus struck out, and Delgado chopped into a 1-6-3 DP to end the inning.   

Cirrillo, Galarraga and Albie Lopez took the field for the Americans in the top of the 6th.  After Frank Thomas went down on a sharp lineout to 3rd, Derrick Bell came in to hit for Alou, but grounded out.   However, the Nationals started a 2 out rally.  Helton singled, and Durham, hitting for Alfonzo, got an infield single.  Tony Batista, hitting for Randa, struck out, ending the threat.   

Troy Percival came on to pitch for the Nationals, and Durham, Batista and Bell stayed in the game.  Gary Sheffield led off for Vlad, but popped out.  Ramirez and Bonds walked, but DeShields, hitting for Kent, and Andrew Jones went down.   Sheffield stayed in the game in left, and Ordonez went in in right to start the 7th.  Rivera also came in to pitch.  For the Nationals, Larkin led off for Jeter, but he hit a comebacker for out number 1.  One out later, Bernie Williams was hit by Rivera, and Sosa knocked a single into left.  Frank Thomas then punched the 1-2 pitch down the RF line into the distant Fred Bridgedale stands, and the Nationals were up 5-0.  This promted a pitching change, with Benitez coming in for Rivera.   

Larkin stayed in the game at SS, and Troy Percival came on to pitch for the Nationals.  Mike Piazza came in to hit for Javey Lopez to lead off.  He slapped one up the middle for a single.  Tejeda came on for ARod, but struck out.  Cirrillo slapped a hit into RF, and the ball got by a charging Sosa.  Piazza scored, and Cirrillo ended up on 3rd.  Galarraga ripped one into the seats in LCF, and all of a sudden it was 5-3.  Garces then came on to pitch for the Nationals.  Garces was completely ineffective, walking Sheffield and Ramirez, and allowing a single to Ordonez that scored Sheffield, making it 5-4.  However, he got DeShields to line out to Durham, and Andrew Jones to fly out to his counterpart in CF, and so held the lead.   

Tejeda and Piazza stayed in the game for the bottom of the 8th, and Hampton joined them, taking the mound.  Helton led off with a walk, followed by Durham’s single to left.  Batista’s slow roller was an out, but Helton and Durham moved up.  With men on 2nd and 3rd and only one out, Nen was brought in to pitch to Larkin.   He fanned, and IRod bounced out to 2nd to end the threat. 

Derek Lowe then came in to seek to finish off the Americans in the 9th.  He succeeded, getting 3 quick outs, and closing the 5-4 victory for the Nationals.   

Randy Johnson picked up the win (I am overriding HAL here, due to the absence of the 5 inning rule for the All-Star game) and Pedro suffered the loss.   Frank Thomas drew MVP honors for his 3-run shot that put the game out of reach, though Randy Johnson drew substantial support for his strong 3 IP.   

1]BOXSCORE: 2001 American AL All-Stars At 2001 National NL All-Stars     7/8/101 

  AL All-Stars        AB  R  H RBI AVG      NL All-Stars        AB  R  H RBI AVG
  A.Rodriguez SS      3  0  3  01.000      D.Jeter SS           2  1  1  0 .500 
O-M.Tejada PH,SS      2  0  0  0 .000    M-B.Larkin PH,SS       2  0  0  0 .000 
  T.Glaus 3B           3  0  0  0 .000      J.Kendall C          3   1  1  1 .333 
E-J.Cirillo 3B        2  1  1  0 .500    C-I.Rodriguez C        2  0  0  0 .000 
  C.Delgado 1B         3  0  0  0 .000     M.Lawton CF         3  0  2  1 .667 
F-A.Galarraga 1B      1  1  1  21.000    D-B.Williams CF        0  1  0  0 ---- 
  V.Guerrero RF        2  0  0  0 .000     S.Sosa RF           3  1  1  0 .333 
J-G.Sheffield PH,LF   1  1  0  0 .000      F.Thomas 1B          4   1  1  3 .250 
  M.Ramirez DH         2   0  0  0 .000      M.Alou LF            2  0  0  0 .000 
  B.Bonds LF           2  0  1  0 .500    G-D.Bell PH,LF         2  0  0  0 .000 
L-M.Ordonez RF        1  0  1  11.000      C.Johnson DH         1  0  0  0 .000 
  J.Kent 2B            2  0  0  0 .000    A-T.Helton PH          1   0  0  0 .000 
K-D.Deshields PH,2B   2  0  0  0 .000      E.Alfonzo 2B         2  0  2  01.000 
  L.Gonzalez CF        2  0  0  0 .000   H-R.Durham PH,2B      2  0  2  01.000 
B-A.Jones CF           2  0  0  0 .000     J.Randa 3B          2  0  0  0 .000 
  J.Lopez C            2  0  0  0 .000    I-T.Batista PH,3B      2  0  0  0 .000 
N-M.Piazza PH,C       2  1  1  0 .500                                                                -- -- -- ---                             -- -- -- ---     
            Totals   34  4  8  3                  Totals      33  5 10  5 

A-Pinch Hit For Johnson In 4th Inning
B-Subbed Defensively (CF) For Gonzalez In 5th Inning
C-Subbed Defensively (C ) For Kendall In 6th Inning
D-Subbed Defensively (CF) For Lawton In 6th Inning
E-Subbed Defensively (3B) For Glaus In 6th Inning
F-Subbed Defensively (1B) For Delgado In 6th Inning
G-Pinch Hit For Alou In 6th Inning
H-Pinch Hit For Alfonzo In 6th Inning
I-Pinch Hit For Randa In 6th Inning
J-Pinch Hit For Guerrero In 7th Inning
K-Pinch Hit For Kent In 7th Inning
L-Subbed Defensively (RF) For Bonds In 7th Inning
M-Pinch Hit For Jeter In 7th Inning
N-Pinch Hit For Lopez In 8th Inning
O-Pinch Hit For Rodriguez In 8th Inning 

INJURY: Charles Johnson INJURED (for 3 more games) in 1st inning

AL All-Stars.... 0 0 0  0 0 0  0 4 0  -  4  8  2
NL All-Stars.... 2 0 0  0 0 0  3 0     -  5 10  2

AL All-Stars              IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA   SCORESHEET
P.Martinez LOSS(0-1)      3       4   2    2   1   2    0  50   6.00  A1 B4
G.Maddux                   1       1   0    0   0   0    0  20   0.00  B5 B9
K.Millwood                 1       1   0    0   1   1    0  16   0.00  C1 C4
A.Lopez                    1       1   0    0   1   1    0  24   0.00  C5 C9
M.Rivera                   0 2/3   2    3   3   0    1   1  17  40.50  D1 D5
A.Benitez                  0 1/3   0    0   0   0    0   0   2    0.00  D6 D6
M.Hampton                  0 1/3   1    0   0   1    0   0  11   0.00  D7 D9
R.Nen                      0 2/3   0    0   0   0    1   0   9    0.00  E1
   Totals                  8      10   5    5   4   6    1

NL All-Stars              IP       H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR  PC    ERA   SCORESHEET
R.Johnson                  3       3   0    0   0   4    0  37   0.00  A1 B2
M.Mussina WIN(1-0)         1        0   0   0    0   0   0  13   0.00  B3 B5
R.Wolf HOLD(1st)           1       0   0    0   0   2    0  14   0.00  B6 B9
J.Vazquez HOLD(1st)       1       1   0    0   0   1    0  10   0.00  C1 C3
B.Wickman HOLD(1st)       1       0   0    0   2   1    0  20   0.00  C4 C8
T.Percival                 0 1/3   3    3   3   0    1   1  14  81.00  C9 D3
R.Garces HOLD(1st)         0 2/3    1   1   1    2   0   0  20  13.50  D4 D8
D.Lowe SAVE(1st)           1       0   0    0   0   1    0  15   0.00  D9
   Totals                  9       8   4    4   4  10   1

ATTENDANCE- 48,361 DATE-  TIME- Day

T- 3:10

LEFT ON BASE- AL All-Stars: 7  NL All-Stars: 9
DOUBLE PLAYS- AL All-Stars: 3  NL All-Stars: 2
ERRORS- C.Delgado, G.Maddux, J.Kendall, S.Sosa
DOUBLES- M.Lawton(1st)
TRIPLES- A.Rodriguez(1st)
HOME RUNS- A.Galarraga(1st), F.Thomas(1st)
STOLEN BASES- D.Jeter(1st)
WALKS- G.Sheffield, M.Ramirez-2, B.Bonds, D.Jeter, S.Sosa, T.Helton-2
HIT BY PITCH- B.Williams
STRIKE OUTS- M.Tejada, T.Glaus-2, J.Cirillo, V.Guerrero, M.Ramirez, B.Bonds,              L.Gonzalez, A.Jones, J.Lopez, D.Jeter, B.Larkin, J.Kendall,I.Rodriguez, M.Alou, T.Batista

GIDP- C.Delgado, J.Kent, S.Sosa, C.Johnson, J.Randa 

One run was the difference at Fred Bridgedale Park as the National team defeated the American team 5 to 4. 

National wasted no time and took the lead in the first inning as they scored 2 runs on 3 base hits.  National had 10 hits for the afternoon.   

Mike Mussina(1-0) allowed no runs in 1 inning, and picked up the victory.

Derek Lowe gained credit for his 1st save.  Pedro Martinez(0-1) was the losing pitcher.  He surrendered 2 runs and 4 hits in 3 innings.