Sun, Jul 15, 2007 - Page 22 News List

Elephants beat Cobras to end losing skid


Peng "Chia Chia" Cheng-min went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Joey Dawley made his sixth quality start in a row to lift the Brother Elephants past the Macoto Cobras by a 5-3 margin in Taichung on Friday.

The veteran slugger helped his team beat the Cobras for the first time in five tries and the Elephants win not only salvaged a 1-1 series split for them but also ended a three-game losing skid.

The contest began with the Cobras drawing first blood in the top of the third when Wang Chuan-jia connected for a two-out double and scored on Hsieh Jia-shien's RBI single on the ensuing play.

Ivanon Coffie's two-run double in the fifth made it 3-0 to the Cobras but the Elephants regrouped with a five-run sixth, spearheaded by Chen Guan-ren's bases-clearing, two-run triple, to claim a 5-3 lead.

Ten Elephants players made their way to the plate against two different Cobras hurlers in the decisive sixth as they erupted for five hits and drew a pair of walks.

Pat Ahearne entered in the seventh in relief of Dawley who gave up a leadoff single, and promptly retired the next three Cobras to strand the runner at first before throwing a scoreless eighth and ninth to preserve the win for Dawley.

Dawley's win was his fifth straight as he improved to 6-2 for the year. He allowed three runs (only one earned) on seven hits while fanning seven and walking four.

Picking up the loss was Cobras starter Lin Jing-min who cruised through the first five innings by throwing a three-hit shutout before running into trouble in the sixth.

Whales 1, Bears 5

Hsu Yu-wei threw six brilliant innings of one-run ball to lead the La New Bears to an impressive 5-1 victory over the Chinatrust Whales in Kaohsiung on Friday night.

"My change-ups and sliders are really working well for me right now," Yu said after the game.

After the Whales took an early 1-0 lead against Yu on a run-scoring single by Kuo Dai-yong in the top of the second it was all Bears as the hosts scored five unanswered runs.

Chen Chin-fong's team-best 13th homer, a solo blast in the bottom of the second off Whales starter Lorenzo Barcelo, got the Bears on the board and Chen Fong-min followed with a single two outs later to give the home team a 2-1 lead.

The Bears tacked on three more runs in the third with Lin Chih-sheng's two-run double before Lin Jin-ping smashed a hard grounder to shallow-left to make it 5-1

Yu was in control through the sixth and Lee Fong-hua finished off with three hitless innings for the Bears.

Comments will be moderated. Keep comments relevant to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned. Final decision will be at the discretion of the Taipei Times.

TOP top