Game-MVP Luo Ming-ching (羅敏卿) and fellow hitter Kao Guo-ching (高國慶) each blasted a grand slam for the President Lions in their overwhelming 14-5 win over the Sinon Bulls in Taichung in Tuesday night's Game 3 of the Chinese Professional Baseball League's Taiwan Series.
The victory breathed new life into the once-troubled Lions that were out-scored and out-hit by a combined margin of 2-to-7 and 7-to-23, respectively, in the first two games of the series, as they cut the Bulls' lead to 2-1 in this year's best-of-seven Fall Classic.
Kao's five-RBI night tied him with teammate Wang Chuan-jia (
Wang knocked home five runs in Game 3 of the 2001 Taiwan Series between the Lions and eventual champs, the Brother Elephants.
The rookie slugger from the Taiwan National College of Physical Education crushed a belt-high pitch from the Bulls' second reliever of the game, Yang Ren-ming (
Making up for their lack of offense in the first two games, the Lions went to work early against Bulls starter Kuo Yung-chih (
Three more runs would cross the plate during the second and third inning, highlighted by Lions' third baseman Wu Jia-rong's (
The hosts finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning with center fielder Chang Jien-ming's (張建銘) two-run blast off Lions' starter Donald Lemon before adding a pair of runs in the seventh, this time, on captain Huang "Brother Tung" Chung-yi's (黃忠義) two-run blast to dead-center.
Five different Lions' relievers were sent to the mound after winning pitcher Lemon retired in the fifth inning as manager Hsieh Chang-hern (
It was not the same Bulls' squad that had stampeded the Lions' den in the first two games of the Taiwan Series.
"A loss is a loss, whether it's by one run or by a dozen runs," Bulls skipper Liu Rong-hua (
There is still plenty of work left to be done."
For those keeping a close eye on postseason statistics, Luo Ming-ching of the Lions tied the Bulls' Chang "Prince of the Forest" Tai-shan (