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Chang Tai-shan snags his 20th stolen base of season

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Chang Tai-shan (張泰山) of the Sinon Bulls rewrote baseball history once more on Tuesday night with his 20th stolen base of the season to become the first local player ever to achieve a 20-20 season (20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a single season) in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.

In front of a Chiayi crowd of over 2,000, the 27-year-old native of Taitung capped off a brilliant season by charging third against the home Chinatrust Whales in the top of the fourth to claim his 20th stolen base.

This was the fifth time this season that Chang set a record. He became the youngest player to collect his 100th career home run in May to join four other greats in baseball's Century Club. Then, he reached the double-century mark (100 home runs and 100 stolen bases) in July by snagging his 100th career stolen base.

Chang registered his 500th RBI in August, becoming the youngest player to accomplish such feat. Not done with his record-setting endeavor, Chang broke the mark for most homers by a local player last week with his 27th blast of the season.

"One can only imagine what is next for Chang," Bulls skipper Chen Wei-cheng (陳威成) said.

Round Up

Lions rookie sensation Pan Wei-luen (潘威倫) nailed his 13th victory of the season on Monday night's makeup game against the First Securities Agan in Kaohsiung. The right-hander gave up five-hits and one run in six innings.

Offensively for the Lions, game-MVP winner Lin Hung-yuan (林鴻遠) was 4-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Bulls split Games 1 and 2 of their Whales series on Tuesday by scores of 2-4 and 2-1.

Despite Chang Tai-shan's record-setting night in Chiayi, the Whales rallied from 0-2 deficit to claim win.

American starter Jeff Andra of the Bulls allowed three runs (two earned) in the sixth inning.

Two bunt singles and an ill-advised throw by third baseman Chang Tai-shan put the runners on the corners with no outs. A run-scoring single by Whales second baseman Lin Yueh-liang (林岳亮), followed by back-to-back doubles by catcher Shih Ching-sho (石金受) and first baseman Wang Cheng-hao (王宸浩) put the Whales up for good.

But the Bulls came to play on Wednesday, with starter Ho Chi-shien (何紀賢) earning the victory by holding the Whales to one run on a lone hit over five innings, before relievers Kuo Yun-chih (郭勇志) and Ramon Morel each pitched two shutout innings to preserve the win.

The highlight of the game on offense for the Bulls was team captain Huang Chung-yi's (黃忠義) solo home-run blast off of Whales starter Liu Yu-chan (柳裕展) in the second inning.

Upcoming Games

Although the postseason matchup has already been decided after the Brother Elephants' clinched the second-half title last weekend, the Bulls and the Elephants are fighting for home-field advantage in the remaining regular-season games for seven-game Championship Series.

The Elephants host the Lions in Hsinchu today and Hsinchuang on Sunday.

The Bulls will try to snag home-field advantage by winning both games against the Whales in Hsinchuang today and tomorrow.

The Agan will visit the Makoto Gida in Taichung tomorrow and Sunday to close out their disappointing season.

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