The La New Bears bounced back from a pair of narrow losses with a sound 8-5 win over the top-ranked President Lions at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang on Sunday to end the week on a high note.
Staff ace Mike Johnson of Canada improved to 6-0 for the season by tying the Lions’ Louis Pote for a share of the lead in total wins by pitching seven innings of three-run ball while Yu Jin-deh batted a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI to lead the rambunctious Bears in the victory over their nemeses from Tainan.
Neither lineup needed any introduction against the opposing starter as they traded a run each in an eventful first that featured a double and a triple between the two squads in a 1-1 tie.
After two scoreless innings, the Bears would strike again against Lions starter Gregory Wiltshire of Australia in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI-groundout from Chen Fong-min and a double-steal that was executed to perfection to open a 3-1 lead.
Kuo Dai-chi’s two-run home run off Johnson promptly tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth only to see the Bears answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the same inning, highlighted by Tseng Hao-jui’s solo blast to right and a two-run triple by Tsai Jien-wei to make it 7-3 in favor of the Bears.
Yu’s one-run single to left with runners on first and second gave the Bears some breathing room in a 8-3 game after the seventh before the Lions fought back with two runs in the eighth to keep the score somewhat respectable until the end.
The win by the Bears was only theirs second in eight chances against the league-leading Lions, the lone club in the league against which the Bears hold a losing record.
Bulls 5, T-Rex 3
Yu Wen-pin struck out a season-high nine over seven strong innings of work and Chang “Red Monkey” Jia-hao drove in a pair of runs on a 3-for-4 effort to pace the Sinon Bulls past the dmedia T-Rex in a 5-3 win at the Taichung Municipal Baseball Stadium on Sunday.
The win not only avenged a humiliating 3-12 trouncing by the T-Rex for the Bulls in their series-opener on Friday, but also dug them out of the cellar in the latest standings.
An RBI-double by Chang “Prince of the Forest” Tai-shan helped the Bulls to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first before Tseng Hua-wei made it 2-0 in the second with a run-scoring single.
The two-run lead was short-lived as the T-Rex fought back with two runs in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice-fly by Kao Wei and a two-out double by Chen Keh-fan that scored the runner all the way from first to tie the game at 2-2.
Back-to-back fielding errors by dmedia third baseman Napoleon Calzado would lead to three unearned runs in the fourth that put the Bulls ahead 5-2.
That was more than ample for Yu as he cruise through the seventh without surrendering another run en route to his fourth win of the year.
Taking the loss on behalf of the T-Rex was starter Chang Hsien-chih who fell victim of three deadly errors by the dmedia defense that made four of the five runs he allowed unearned.