Pan kept his team in the game by allowing only three runs to a potent Cobras offense, but fell victim to a lack of run support, as he came up empty on his second attempt to pocket his tenth win of the season.
Whales 5, Elephants 3
Five unanswered runs by the Chinatrust Whales dealt the Elephants a crucial loss in Tuesday's makeup game between the two clubs at Hsinchuang, as the Whales kept their playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 come-from-behind win.
After surrendering three early runs to the Elephants in the second inning, Whales starter Tseng Jau-hao settled in and did not allow another base runner until the top of the sixth. His fine effort off the mound gave the Whales offense a chance to rally, resulting in a valiant comeback victory.
Picking up the win for the Whales was reliever Shen Yu-jeh, pitching a shutout seventh, while closer Dario Veras was credited with the save to up his league-leading save total to 21.
With just a game separating the top three squads of the league in the latest standings, the remaining three weeks of competition will certainly have a bearing on how the postseason will shape up.
The Bulls can gain some breathing room in the title race if they can beat the Bears in Games 3 and 4 of the series scheduled for Kaohsiung tonight and tomorrow afternoon. As for the second-placed Elephants and Cobras, the Elephants' visit to the Lions in Tainan yesterday, tomorrow and Sunday could mean the difference between a postseason berth or an early offseason. US right-handers Jonathan Hurst and Bronswell Patrick will have to put in a strong showing this week if their team is to keep its playoff hopes alive, since the Elephants bullpen has not been consistent at all.
The Cobras take on the Whales in a three-game set starting with yesterday's series opener at Hsinchuang before tonight's rematch and Sunday's series finale in Tienmu.