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CPBL: Elephants rally from two down in 10th to edge past T-Rex

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Chen Jiang-heh of the Brother Elephants hits a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning during the game against the T-Rex at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang on Sunday. The Elephants won 4-3.

PHOTO: LIN CHENG-KUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

Chen Jiang-heh’s walk-off single with a runner on second scored the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th as the Brother Elephants rallied from two down in the ninth to beat the dmedia T-Rex 4-3 at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang on Sunday and sweep the two-game series against the T-Rex.

Trailing 1-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Huang Cheng-wei drew a leadoff walk off dmedia reliever Chen Jien-fu to start the Elephants rally.

They would eventually load up the bases on a single by Chen Jiang-heh and an intentional walk after an out in search of a game-ending double play.

That was not the case as Chen Guan-ren hit a sacrifice-fly to left to bring the Elephants and make it 2-3 before Chen Rei-chen came through with an RBI-single on the ensuing play to tie the game at 3-3 and send it into extra innings for Chen Jiang-heh’s game-clincher.

The rain-delayed contest, that was pushed back from a 5:05pm start to 7:30pm, saw the T-Rex strike first in the top of the second when Wang Chuan-jia led off the inning with a single, took third on an error by the Elephants defense and a single by Kao-wei and scored on a sacrifice-fly by Huang Shih-hao to give the T-Rex a 1-0 lead.

They would score two more runs in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Wu Jia-hui and a throwing error by the Elephants third baseman on what would have been an inning-ending play to make it 3-0.

Back-to-back doubles by Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min and Chen Guan-ren in the bottom of the fifth finally got the Elephants on the board with a 3-1 score, which remained until the bottom of the ninth to set the stage for the Elephants comeback.

Picking up the surprising win for the Elephants was reliever Yeh Yong-jeh, who pitched a scoreless 10th to beat his counterpart Chen Jien-fu, who not only blew the save in the ninth but was also tagged with the loss to fall to a 3-7 mark for the season.

Lions 7, Whales 2

Four first-inning runs set the tone early in the game for the President Lions in their 7-2 trouncing of the Chinatrust Whales at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tienmu on Sunday, giving the league-leaders a clean sweep of the marine creatures.

Pan Wu-hsiung’s RBI-double brought the runner all the way from first to get the cats on the board before a fielding error by the Whales third baseman on what would have been an inning-ending play led to three unearned runs in the top of the first.

Trailing 0-4, the Whales would get two of the runs back with a run in the second and the fourth on Abraham Nunez’s solo home run and Shih Jin-sho’s RBI-groundout respectively to halve the Lions’ lead.

That was the extent the Whales hung in the game as the Lions tacked on a run each during the seventh, eighth and ninth to run away with the 7-2 win.

Tempers flared during a heated challenge by Tilson Brito as the Lions slugger was called out for not touching the first base bag on an apparent double which led to his ejection in the top of the fifth.

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