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Japan Series Game 2: Giants 3, Lions 2

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Japan Series Game 2: Giants 3, Lions 2

by Patrick Newman (Nov 3, 2008)

The Giants and Lions followed up Saturday's pitcher's duel with another closely fought game, as Yomiuri tied the Series up on Alex Ramirez's walk-off home run. I didn't get to watch the game, but I'll share the Yahoo Japan box score and the YouTube highlights that I've found. Seibu starter Kazuyoshi Hoashi put a lot of runners on base, but his defense made plays behind him and kept the damage to a minimum. I didn't realize that Seibu's chunky 3rd baseman Takeya Nakamura was that competent with the glove.

You can catch Ramirez's walk-off bomb at about 2:50 of this video. Seibu reliever Shinya Okamoto threw forkball in the dirt with his first pitch, then threw another on 0-1. He elevated the second one, and Ramirez took the mistake over the center field fence. Ramirez's hero interview starts at about 4:55 in the same video.

For another view, check out the write-up at Tsubamegun.

Game 3 will be on Tuesday, Nov 4 at the Seibu Dome in the exotic Tokorozawa, Saitama.

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