Sun, Jul 15, 2007 - Page 22 News List

Elephants beat Cobras to end losing skid

BY PAUL HUANG  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

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.

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