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CPBL: Elephants rally in eighth inning to defeat Whales

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Catcher Wang Hsin-min, center, of the Chinatrust Whales is helped off the field after injuring his left foot while putting out a Brother Elephants player during their Chinese Professional Baseball League game in Hsinchu on Friday.

PHOTO: LIU HSIN-DE, TAIPEI TIMES

Wang Jin-yong’s infield single with the bases loaded capped a two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth as the Brother Elephants turned a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 win over the Chinatrust Whales at the Hsinchu Municipal Baseball Stadium on Friday night.

Trailing 0-1 for most of the game, the men in the golden uniform finally came to life in the eighth by taking first on a hit batsman that chased Whales starter Kao Min-jing before tying the game on a sacrifice-fly by Chen Chih-yuan and loading up the bases with two outs to set up Wang’s game-turning hit.

A fielding error by the Elephants shortstop, coupled with a wild pitch by starter Kobayashi Ryokan gave the marine creatures an early 1-0 lead in the opening frame.

That would be the only run that either club scored for the next seven innings in the classic pitchers’ duel between Kao and Kobayashi that saw Kao take a two-hit shutout into the eighth and Kobayashi allowing an unearned run in a five-hitter through the seventh before the Elephants struck for two in the eighth to win the game.

The Whales outhit the Elephants 6-3, but failed to produce any runs as they batted a futile 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position to lose the heartbreaker.

Picking up the surprising win was Elephants reliever Mai Jia-rei, who pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth on a hit and two strikeouts to even his season mark at 2-2, while his counterpart Huang Hong-ren was tagged with the loss for loading up the bags in the eighth on a hit batsman and two walks to set the stage for Wang’s game-winning hit.

T-Rex 12, Bulls 3

An eight-run sixth by the dmedia T-Rex broke a 3-3 tie wide open and the T-Rex went on to defeat the Sinon Bulls 12-3 at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang on Friday, giving manager Lin Kuen-wei a big win in his managerial debut.

Following the coaching shuffle that had former manager Liu Jia-chi swapping roles with Lin, the former pitching coach, to finish out the season, the T-Rex were eager to show what they could do for the rookie skipper.

And the eight-run sixth could not have come at a better time for them as they tallied up a half-dozen singles and four walks against three different Sinon hurlers to humble the Bulls.

After the T-Rex took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI-single by Chen Keh-fan, the Bulls answered with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth to claim a 3-1 advantage.

Wang Chuan-jia’s rare triple that scored the T-Rex’s second run of the game quickly brought hope to the hosts before they tied the game up two batters later on a blooper single by Napoleon Calzado to set the table for the big inning in the sixth.

T-Rex starter Cory Bailey was credited with his second win of the season for pitching six solid innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits to beat game-loser Tsai Ming-jin of the Bulls, who entered in the sixth and managed to get only one out before serving up a pair of singles to plant the losing seed for his team.

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