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Lions finally let out a roar with shutout win over Whales

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

The President Lions broke into the win column on Monday with a 3-0 victory over the previously unbeaten Chinatrust Whales.

Lions starter Todd Rizzo allowed only four hits in six scoreless innings before setup man Ishigawa and closer Mike Garcia combined to one-hit the Whales in the last three innings to preserve the win.

Except for a hanging slider that Lions left-fielder Ko Jien-fong (柯建鋒) jumped all over for a two-run homer in the top of the first, Whales starter Juan Figeuroa pitched a decent game in his second start of the season.

The 29-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic allowed three runs on five hits over seven solid innings.

Offensively, the Lions made the most out of their five hits by putting three runs on the board in the first two innings.

Ko's two-run blast gave him his first MVP honor of the season.

Bulls 7, Elephants 6

Brother Elephants righty Wu Jung-yi's five-game winning streak against the Sinon Bulls, which dates back to last season, ended Tuesday as the Bulls erupted for six runs in the fourth inning, sending Wu in for an early shower.

Fortunately for the man that has acquired the nickname of "Bull killer" for his incredible success against the Bulls over the past two seasons, Wu escaped the loss as his teammates scored enough runs to win.

The game began with the Bulls taking a 6-1 lead after four innings, capped by center fielder Tseng Hua-wei's (曾華偉) two-run triple in the fourth. But the resilient Elephants got a pair of runs in the seventh inning on designated hitter Lee Chih-jeh's (李志傑) two-run double, tying the game up at 6-all with a three-run ninth inning.

Even though the Bulls eventually won the game with designated hitter Chen Wei-chih's (陳威志) double in the top of the 10th, their inability to hold a 6-3 lead late in the game definitely exposed the team's weakness in late-inning relief, a hole left open by the departure of closer Ramon Morel to Japan.

Bulls 3, Elephants 4

One-run margins appear to be how the Bulls like to play the Elephants this season as three of the four contests between the two squads have ended in such a way.

On Wednesday, the Elephants drew first blood in the bottom of the fourth inning on first baseman Tsai Fong-an's (蔡豐安) two-run shot over the wall. They then added another run in the fifth and one sixth inning to make it 4-0.

After allowing the Elephants to come back from a five-run deficit in their previous meeting, the Bulls showed their poise and tenacity as they scored three straight in the top of the seventh to turn the once-comfortable 4-0 Elephant lead to a 4-3 game.

But the Bulls' rally fell short as Elephants starter Miguel Martinez came back strong in the last two innings and pitched his way to a complete-game victory.

Bears 7, Lions 1

Pan Chung-wei (潘忠韋) belted two homers for the La New Bears on Thursday while visiting the Lions for the first multi-home run game in his career.

The Bears offense got to Lions second-year starter Pan Wei-luen (潘威倫) early with Pan Chung-wei's second-inning three-run blast.

On the mound for the Bears, starter Phillip Bailey pocketed his first win of the season by allowing one run on seven hits in as many innings before reliever Lee Fong-hua (李風華) retired the sides in the last two innings.

The Bears are now at .500 for the first time since early last year.

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