Jeriome Robertson pitched eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball, Lin "Wild Hog" Hong-yuan knocked in a pair of runs, and the President Lions easily handled the La New Bears on the road in a 5-0 win at Kaohsiung on Thursday night.
The former major leaguer held the Bears lineup, best in the league with nearly five runs scored per game (4.96), to only three base runners over eight brilliant innings before reliever Cheng Bo-ren retired the side in order in a perfect ninth to keep the shutout intact.
Lin's two-out single with runners at the corners, followed by first baseman Kao Guo-ching's base hit up the middle off La New lefty ace Wu Si-yo, brought in a run each in the top of the third to gave the Lions a 2-0 lead that proved more than ample as they cruised to an easy victory.
Leadoff man Yang Seng also had a multi-hit night for the second time in five games with a 2-for-5 effort to help his club extend its non-losing streak to four straight.
Taking the loss was Wu, who allowed three runs (only one earned) on seven hits over 6-2/3 frames in a decent start. The southpaw has lost three of his last four starts to drop to a 12-3 mark after starting off the season in gangbusting manner with 11 "W's" in a row.
Bears 6, Lions 3
Three first-inning runs by the home Bears set the tone early in the game as they doubled up on the visiting Lions in Kaohsiung with a 6-3 win on Friday evening.
Lin Chih-sheng's RBI single off President starter Pan "Du Du" Wei-luen got the hosts on the board before Chen Chin-fong and designated hitter Wang Chih-rong connected for two more singles to give the Bears a quick 3-0 lead after just one inning of play.
The Lions cut the Bears lead down to one with a run scored in the second and fourth off Bears starter Tsai Ying-fong, only to see La New answer with a run of its own in the bottom of the fourth to keep a two-run cushion in the then 4-2 game.
Wang's one-run single in the bottom of the fifth put the Bears up 5-2 before each team traded one more run in the eventual Bears victory.
Six different Bears hitters had multi-hit nights against a shaky Lions staff that sent five hurlers to the mound, highlighted by Wang's 3-for-4 effort with a pair of RBIs.
Tsai was credited with the win for limiting the Lions to three runs on eight hits in six solid innings, beating Pan, who surrendered five runs on ten hits in 4-2/3 innings to lose his second straight decision for the first time this season.
Bulls 1, Cobras 0
Lin "Little Chick" En-yu recorded his fourth complete game of the year with another brilliant effort off the mound for the Macoto Cobras. But unlike the three previous occasions in which the Most Valuable Player from last year savored the sweetness of victory, Lin had a loss to show for his gutsy performance as the Cobras lost to the Sinon Bulls in a 1-0 final at Chiayi on Friday night.
Chang Jien-ming's sharp grounder off Lin that shot through the infield in a hurry during the top of the third scored what ended up being the only run in the game for the Bulls as they blanked the Cobras in the classic pitchers' duel between Lin and Billy Sylvester of the US.
The Cobras had several excellent scoring opportunities with runners on second in four different innings, but failed to come up with the clutch hit that would have changed the outcome of the game by hitting a futile 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.