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Jim Johnson tosses 1-2-3 inning in All-Star Game

If there’s anything fans will remember about the eighth inning of Tuesday night’s

All-Star Game

in Kansas City, it’ll probably be seeing flamethrowers

Craig Kimbrel

and

Aroldis Chapman

light up the radar gun one after the other for the

National League

.

Jim Johnson

’s work in the top half of the inning? Just another ho-hum, 1-2-3 frame for the majors’ midseason leader in saves.

Johnson’s All-Star debut didn’t come in a classic – the NL’s 8-0 victory was all but sewn up halfway through the game. But the

Orioles

closer’s outing was classic Johnson, a quick, efficient inning that drew little attention to him.

Sharing the field with teammates

Matt Wieters

and

Adam Jones

, the right-hander with 26 saves through the first half began by getting Houston’s

Jose Altuve

to ground out to second. He then got Chicago’s

Starlin Castro

to fly out to Jones in center and struck out Atlanta’s

Michael Bourn

swinging.

All it took was 11 pitches, 7 for strikes.

Wieters and Jones both entered in the top of the sixth and came up to the plate back-to-back in the bottom of the seventh against Philadelphia lefty

Cole Hamels

.

Wieters hit a fly ball to the warning track in left that Washington’s

Bryce Harper

snagged. Jones followed with a ground out to

Cubs

first baseman

Bryan LaHair

.

Wieters got one more at-bat, flying out to right against Philadelphia closer

Jonathan Papelbon

to end the game.

After winning 12 out of 13 All-Star Games (with the exception being the 2002 tie), the

American League

has scored a total of two runs in losing the last three Midsummer Classics.

So, not a night to remember for those on the AL side – unless you're on the team that gets to start the World Series on the road.

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