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Asia Series 2008: Day 4 – Seibu Lions Asia Series Champs

by on Nov.16, 2008 @ 10:01 am, under NPB

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Touitsu 7-Eleven Lions (CPBL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Saitama Seibu Lions (NPB) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1x 1 6 1

First pitch: 14:00
Attendance: 18,370
Time: 3:07

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I had a feeling the Lions would be victorious. Had the Giants taken the Nippon Series, I'm not sure if they would have been quite a lucky. That the SK Wyverns lost their final game most certainly helped the Lions as well.

And it think it fitting that the final game of the series was decided in the bottom of the 9th of a scoreless game with 2 outs. And that the winning run (Yoshihito Ishii) got to first base on a walk. And that the runner scored from first on an extra base hit by Tomoaki Sato (a player who hasn't had more than 200 ABs in the last 4 seasons).

And once again, the Lions came through with solid pitching. In the Championship Game Wakui, Hoshino, Ohnuma, Okamoto tossed 9 innings of shutout ball, striking out 15 while walking 4 and scattering 5 hits. Over the entire 4 game Asia Series the Lions pitching staff finished with a 1.91 ERA (1.15 WHIP). They struck out a series high 50 batters while walking only 8 over 33 innings! You can get much better pitching than that.

Congrats to the Lions for their Asia Series Championship win.

BTW: I've updated the Asia Series Team Totals.