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All-Star Game memories: 1988


The 83rd All-Star Game is at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. Leading up to that game, The Star is looking back at a Midsummer Classic game every day.

July 12, 1988 American League 2, National League 1 Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati

Oakland A’s catcher Terry Steinbach had a hand in all three runs scored in this game. In the top of the third, Steinbach hit a solo homer against Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden. An inning later, Steinbach hit an ever-exciting sacrifice fly that got Dave Winfield home and gave the American League a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cardinals’ Vince Coleman swiped second base and took third on an errant throw by Steinbach. Coleman later scored on a wild pitch by Royals pitcher Mark Gubicza. Twins pitcher Frank Viola, who was the starter, picked up the victory, while Gooden took the loss. Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley got the save. Two Royals field players were on the American League bench: first baseman George Brett and shortstop Kurt Stillwell. Brett pinch-hit in the ninth inning and popped out, while Stillwell played the field in the bottom of the ninth and snagged a lineout by the Pirates’ Bobby Bonilla. Gubicza pitched two innings, gave up three hits and the one run and he struck out two.

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