Speed and power, two key factors for the success of most professional athletes, often do not come in the same baseball player because most home-run hitters do not possess blazing speed onthe bases.
This is what makes Sinon Bulls slugger Chang Tai-shan (張泰山) such a special player to watch. Since becoming the youngest player to reach the century mark in home runs earlier this season, Chang has gradually become a serious base-stealing threat to opposing pitchers.
Having already equaled his seven-season average of 12 stolen bases half-way into this season, Chang is on pace to double his stolen base total. With 96 stolen bases and 106 homers to his credit, Chang may soon become the first man to accomplish the double-century feat: 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases.
"The amazing thing is that he is not even close to being done as far as his career is concerned" local baseball commentator Jack Chen said. "Chang will probably shatter most of the league's offensive records by the time he retires."
Chang put up some impressive numbers last week during the three-game series against the Makoto Gida, going 5-for-11 with three homers, four RBI's and a stolen base.
On Sunday night's series finale in Taichung, he single-handedly won the game for the Bulls by driving in all three of the Bulls' runs in the 3-0 shutout.
The battle between the two former TML teams, the Makoto Gida and First Securities Agan, low-scoring contests earlier this week in Kaohsiung.
The Gida jumped to a 4-2 lead on first baseman Hsieh Jia-shien's (
In Wednesday night's game, the Agan sent left-hander Claudio Galva of the Dominican Republic to the mound against Gida starter Yang Chi-jia (
After trading one run in the first inning, both starters got down to business and limited any further scoring until the eighth inning.
Agan second baseman Chow Sen-yi (
With a man on second and one out, cleanup man Tsai Tseh-hung (
Left fielder Huang Long-yi (
Agan reliever Gabriel Ozura got the win, while Lee recorded his sixth save of the season. Ozura's win was only the second victory by a foreign pitcher on the Agan squad all season long.
"I am glad we came through with some clutch hits in the eighth," Agan manager Tsai Rong-chung (
Games 3 and 4 between the Gida and the Agan will continue in Kaohsiung today and Saturday.
The Bulls opened a three-game homestand against the Chinatrust Whales which bagan yesterday and will continue today and on Sunday.