The Taiwan All-Star Series resumed at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last night with the MLB All-Stars downing Taiwan’s national team 5-3 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the five-game series.
The Major Leaguers wasted little time getting on the board, with Erick Aybar of the Los Angeles Angels leading off the bottom of the first with a double off Taiwan starter Wang Yao-lin (王躍霖) and scoring on an RBI groundout by Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees for a quick 1-0 lead.
Wang get out of the inning without further damage thanks to an inning-ending double play by his defense.
After a scoreless second, the All-Stars struck again when Josh Reddick of the Boston Red Sox doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Aybar’s groundout two batters later to take a 2-0 lead, before the hosts finally fought back with a run in the fourth on the strength of back-to-back doubles by Chen Chun-hsiu (陳俊秀) and Huang Chih-pwei (黃智培) that made it 2-1.
Taiwan skidded ahead in the fifth with a pair of runs on four singles off Milwaukee reliever LaTroy Hawkins in a 3-2 game, only to see the All-Stars fight back with a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Ronny Paulino of the New York Mets that drove in the New York Yankees’ Robinson Cano, who led off the inning with a single to right to tie the game at 3-3.
The tie lasted less than an inning as the Major Leaguers struck again when Reddick slapped a clean double off Taiwan reliever Lo Ching-lung (羅錦龍) and scored on a passed ball, before Cano knocked in an insurance run three batters later on a stand-up double to put his team ahead for good at 5-3.
Lo suffered the loss for giving up the two runs in the seventh inning, while his counterpart Rich Thompson of the Los Angeles Angels was credited with the win for tossing two innings of hitless relief.
The two teams will suit up again for Game 3 at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium this evening, with the opening pitch scheduled for 6pm.