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1988 MLB All-Star Game: Orel Hershiser pitches scoreless inning

Hershiser has pitched three scoreless innings combined in two All-Star Games in his career.

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

The Dodgers only sent one player to the 1988 All-Star Game, and though Orel Hershiser pitched a scoreless inning in Cincinnati the National League lost 2-1 to the American League on Tuesday night at Riverfront Stadium.

Athletics catcher Terry Steinbach homered in the third inning off Dwight Gooden to give the AL a lead they never relinquished.

Hershiser pitched on Sunday against the Pirates, then threw a scoreless inning. Hershiser retired Kirby Puckett and Harold Reynolds on fly outs, then got Jose Canseco to ground out to shortstop. Hershiser threw only seven pitches, but hopes to make his next scheduled start on Friday in Wrigley Field against the Cubs.

"If Tommy (Lasorda) still wants me to, I'm ready," Hershiser told Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times. "I don't know the plans. I felt good tonight--for all seven pitches. "I've done this before (pitch an inning on one day of rest). It's just like throwing on the side. Actually, I think I threw more in the bullpen tonight than on the field."

It was the second straight All-Star Game for Hershiser, 29, who also threw two scoreless innings in Oakland in 1987.

Hershiser on the season is 13-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 19 games, including 18 starts. He is fourth in the National League with 140⅔ innings and has six complete games and two shutouts so far this season.

All-Star particulars

Home run: Terry Steinbach (1)

WP - Frank Viola (1-0): 2 IP, 1 strikeout

LP - Dwight Gooden (0-2): 3 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout

Sv - Dennis Eckersley (1): 1 IP, 1 strikeout