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Lions hitters demolish Whales 20-5

TEEING OFF The big cats banged out five runs in each of the first two innings off three different Chinatrust pitchers to lead by 10 runs before the third frame began

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Erupting for 20 runs to tie a club record, the President Lions thrashed the Chinatrust Whales by a 20-5 final in Tainan on Sunday for a clean two-game sweep of the marine creatures.

The home-team Lions teed off against the Whales dismal pitching by plating five runs in each of the first two innings off three different Whales hurlers for a commanding 10-0 lead.

They tacked on six more in the fourth inning to make the result a foregone conclusion long before the final out was called.

Every starter for Lions had at least one hit and a run in the 21-hit slugfest, highlighted by Shih Jin-dien and Yang Song-hsuen's four-hit efforts in the game.

Catcher Kao Chih-kang also hit a home run for the first time this season and had three hits in five appearances at the plate for the night to reach a career-high five RBIs to lead the overpowering Lions attack.

Spotted a 16-run lead, Lions starter Tsao Jung-yang cruised through the first five innings without surrendering a run before finally allowing two in the sixth and another in the seventh on a total of nine hits for the easy victory.

Picking up the lopsided loss for the Whales was starter Kao Jien-san, who allowed all five of the hitters he faced to reach before he was relieved by fellow bullpen mate Du Chang-wei.

Offensively for the Whales, Chen Jia-hong and Kuo Dai-yong's homers were the lone highlights on a night that the Lions simply were too much for the Whales staff to handle in every single aspect of the game.

Elephants 17, Cobras 9

The Lions were not the only team with the hot bats on Sunday as the Brother Elephants also pounded out 17 runs on 16 hits off seven different Macoto Cobras pitchers to claim a 17-9 win over the serpents in Tianmu for their own two-game sweep.

The landslide victory marked the Elephants' 800th in club history.

They are only the second team in the league to reach that milestone. The Lions are the other team to post 800 wins.

Every one of the Elephants starters also collected at least one run and a hit in the nearly four-hour long contest.

The Elephants jumped to a 13-0 lead over the first two innings before adding three more runs in the third to put the game away before the Cobras even realized what had hit them.

Wang Jing-li was credited with his first win of the season for four-and-two-thirds innings of three-run relief, beating the Cobras' Tsai Shih-chin, who was pulled after allowing all six of the Elephants hitters to reach base.

The Brother hitters pounded out four hits and two walks against Tsai to hand the pitcher his first setback of the year.

Lin "Wild Hog" Hong-yuan had two home runs in the game, including a monster grand slam off Elephants starter Yeh Ding-ren in the top of the fourth.

That, however, was the lone highlight for the hapless Cobras as they dropped two in a row for the second time this season.

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