Tue, Mar 09, 2004 - Page 20 News List

Cobras win battle but lose war to rampaging Bulls

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Close plays dominated the three-game series between the Sinon Bulls and the Macoto Cobras last week, as the Bulls pulled off two one-run victories against the new-and-improved Cobras (formerly the Gida) to win the series by a 2-1 margin.

Following their 0-1 series-opening defeat at the hands of the Bulls in Hsinchuang on Thursday, the Cobras were more than anxious to give manager Kuo Tai-yuan (郭泰源) his first victory as a manager at Hsinchu last Friday.

The anxiety promptly turned into a one-run lead in the top of the third on slugger Hsieh Jia-shien's (謝佳賢) run-scoring double off Bulls starter Yang Jien-fu (陽建福). The Cobras doubled their lead in the seventh, thanks to a costly throwing error by third baseman Chang Tai-shan (張泰山) that scored the runner from second on cleanup man Willis Otanez's infield single.

The 2-0 lead was more than enough for the Cobra pitching staff, as it held the potent Bulls' lineup to no runs on seven hits for their first shutout victory of the season.

Lions 1, Whales 2

The President Lions' visit to the Chinatrust Whales at Hsinchuang on Friday ended in another disheartening one-run loss as the Lions continued to struggle at the plate.

The Lions drew first blood in the top of the fourth on a wild pitch by Whales starter Kao Jien-san (高建三) that brought home the runner from third.

That was the only mistake Kao made all night as he allowed one run on three hits in seven innings of work for his first win of the season.

Elephants 7, Bears 0

Veteran American right-hander Jonathan Hurst went the distance for the Brother Elephants in a shutout win on Saturday night as his hitters busted a 1-0 game wide open in the top of the ninth with six runs against two Bears pitchers.

Elephants 5, Bears 1

The Elephants managed to avenge a series-opening loss against the Bears with two straight victories over the weekend to take the three-game series by a 2-1 margin.

Manager Lin Yi-tseng (林易增) sent Japanese ace Nakagomi Sin to the mound against Bears starter Liang Rue-hao (梁如豪) in Sunday's series finale at Kaohsiung, where the hosting Bears had a chance to take their first-ever series against last year's champs.

The heart of the order for the Elephants took no prisoners against an inconsistent Liang as it went a combined 5-for-11 with four RBIs, capped by Chen "the Golden Warrior" Chih-yuan's (陳致遠) two-run bomb in the top of the fourth and first baseman Tsai Fong-an's (蔡豐安) solo blast in the sixth.

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