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CL Climax Series R2 G1: Dragons drop Giants, 4-3

by on Oct.22, 2008 @ 3:20 am, under NPB

Tonight's starting pitchers

Yomiuri Giants
Seth Greisinger

G   W   L   S  CG  Sho  BF    IP     H   HR  BB  HPB  SO   WP  BK  R   ER  ERA
31  17  9   0  5    0   842  206.0  201  20  31   9   167  3   0   75  70  3.06

Chunichi Dragons
Masahiro Yamamoto 山本昌広

G   W   L   S  CG  Sho  BF    IP     H   HR  BB  HPB  SO   WP  BK  R   ER  ERA
23  11  7   0  2    0   544  133.2  127  15  26   2   84   1   0   54  47  3.16

Start Time: 18:00

NOTES: I'm not 100% sure if Yamamoto will be making the start for the Dragons tonight, but based on information I've read, it would appear he'll be getting the call.

The Giants are a little battered and bruised. Shinnosuke Abe is nursing a bad should right now and won't be starting behind the plate for the Giants. And Hayato Sakamoto took a line drive off his face during practice the other day, but appears to be ok (he later hit a home run during an exhibition practice game).

If I had to guess, the Giants probably wanted to face the Tigers more than the Dragons. The Giants were 10-14 against the Dragons this season (14-10 against the Tigers) and I have a feeling that the sting from being knocked off by them last season is still a bit fresh. I think winning the first game will be really important for the Giants.

6:45PM UPDATE: The Dragons scored 2 in the top of the first (Woods and Lee both hit a solo homers for the Dragons) and the Giants answered back with one in the bottom of the first. The score is now 2-1 Dragons in the second inning.

8:03PM UPDATE: The score is tied at three in the bottom of the 5th. Ramirez is up to bat with a runner on first and 2 out.

8:44PM UPDATE: Score is still tied at 3 in the top of the 7th.

10:22PM UPDATE: The Dragons have beaten the Giants, 4-3.