CPBLSix unanswered runs by the Chinatrust Whales capped a valiant comeback in a 6-4 win over the President Lions in game 1 of the day-night doubleheader at Douliou on Saturday afternoon.
Liu Fu-hao's bases-loaded single off Whales starter Alexander Herrera of Venezuela, coupled with a wild relay throw from the outfield on the play, scored three of the four runs in the top of the second for the Lions as they jumped to a 4-0 lead in the game.
But that was all the offense that the big cats were able to produce as relievers Su Tseh-yi and Liu Yu-chang combined for six-and-a-third innings of scoreless relief before closer Shen Yu-jeh wrapped up the win with a perfect ninth for his second save of the season.
Offensively for the whales, the four-run deficit was quickly erased in just one inning as they fought back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third against Lions ace Pan "Du Du" Wei-luen, highlighted by American slugger Mike Lockwood's two-run single with the bases juiced.
Second baseman Wang Yi-min's chopper through short knocked in fellow catcher Wang Hsin-min, who led off the bottom of the fourth with a rare triple off Pan, to give the Whales a 5-4 lead before they tacked on another run in the sixth to complete the eventual 6-4 comeback win.
All but two of the Whales starters had at least one hit in the game, led by Wang Hsin-min's 3-for-4 effort.? Wang Yi-min and Lockwood also connected for two hits apiece with three RBIs between them.
Taking the win was Su, who pitched three-and-two-thirds innings of shutout ball on three scattered singles for his second win of the year to beat Pan in only his fourth loss of the year.
Lions 3, Whales 1
The Lions salvaged a series split on the day against the Whales by topping Chinatrust in the nightcap in a 3-1 decision where the eventual losers drew first blood.
Wang Yi-min's opposite-field single off Lions starter Jerome Robertson of the US in the bottom of the third gave the Whales a brief 1-0 advantage, before the big cats evened things up at 1-1 an inning later on designated hitter Chen Jia-wei's RBI double off Whales ace Tseng Jau-hao.
Yang Seng's two-run single with two outs and the bases loaded broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth for the Lions as they claimed a 3-1 lead over the Whales before hanging on for the eventual win.
Robertson was rock solid in eight stellar innings of work, allowing a lone run on four singles while fanning three and walking two for his first win in four game appearances with the Lions.? The newcomer did not allow a Whales runner past the first bases after the third innings, completely shutting down a potent Whales attack that had averaged exactly 10 runs per game in their past four games.
Lions ace closer Tseng Yi-cheng upped his league-leading number of saves to 13 with a perfect ninth against the heart of the Whales batting order.
Rookie Adam Loewen and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Miguel Tejada went 3-for-4 and scored twice, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees 5-0 on Saturday.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Yankees, whose lone hit was a clean first-inning single to right by Bobby Abreu.
Loewen (2-3) came in with one win in eight starts and a 6.44 ERA, but he couldn't have been much better over 6 1-3 innings against the AL East leaders. The left-hander struck out eight, walked five and retired 11 straight during one stretch.