Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a three-run homer to lead the MLB All-Stars to a 6-1 win over Samurai Japan on Sunday.
The win was the MLB team’s first of the five-game series and came one day after they were victims of a combined no-hitter by SP Takahiro Norimoto and three other Japan pitchers. Samurai Japan has already clinched the series win by defeating the MLB team in each of the first three games.
The final game of the series will be played Tuesday.
With the exception of Game 4, the MLB All-Stars have struggled in the series. They have driven in only 10 runs total, with Morneau responsible for six of them (including his four RBI in Game 4).
Morneau, the reigning National League batting champion, played in the Midwest League in 2001. He batted .356 with 12 HR and 53 RBI in 64 games with the Quad City River Bandits.
Jason Bay of the Clinton LumberKings won the MWL batting title that year with a .362 average in 87 games. Adrian Gonzalez of the Kane County Cougars was the MWL Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year.