The team of MLB All-Stars couldn’t even get a single hit against any of the four pitchers sent out by Samurai Japan at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday. The Japanese national team took their third consecutive victory, today being a 4-0 triumph.
The contingent of MLB stars managed just four baserunners against a four pitchers led by starter Takahiro Norimoto. He recorded six strikeouts over five perfect innings before exiting to an equally dominant bullpen.
“It’s too good to be true,” Norimoto told the Associated Press. ”I wanted to see how my pitches would work against MLB hitters. The fact that my teammate (Motohiro) Shima was catching made me feel at ease and I was able to perform as usual. The atmosphere at the park was really nice. It was the best outing of my career.”
”The story tonight was in the hit column with a zero on it,” MLB manager John Farrell said. ”Norimoto was outstanding. He was very efficient. He has a powerful fastball and very good late action to go with his split, his slider and cutter.”