Taking all of an offering from Uni-President Lions reliever Kao Jien-san, Manny Ramirez hit the ball over the center-field wall at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium last night for his first homer since arriving in Taiwan.
Even though the two-run shot did not help Ramirez’s EDA Rhinos win the game — they lost 10-7 — he did come away with the distinction of hitting the league’s 7,000th home run.
“Wow, I didn’t know about [it being the 7,000th homer], it’s great,” he said after the game.
The former major league MVP drove in three runs on a three-for-four night in his best outing of the season so far.
A seven-run fifth by the Lions made the difference in the game as it turned a 1-2 deficit into an 8-2 advantage, a lead the hosts would not relinquish to win their seventh game of the year.
ELEPHANTS 4, MONKEYS 2
Chang Chih-hao’s two-run blast off Ben Snyder in the top of the 10th put the Brother Elephants ahead 4-2, and they held on to win by the same margin at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night to claim their second straight victory.