Lin Tsong-nan's walk-off single with runners on second and third proved decisive as the Sinon Bulls earned a 4-3 win over the President Lions in Taichung on Monday.
Trailing 2-3 at the start of the ninth after the Lions had scored two in the top of the eighth on a solo home run by Kao Guo-ching and an RBI-double by Chen Lien-hong, the Bulls loaded up the bases against Lions closer Ricky Stone with a pair of walks and a single with one out to set the stage for Yeh Jung-chang’s sacrifice-fly that tied the game at 3-3 before Lin’s game-winning swing.
Chen Chih-wei’s solo blast off Lions starter Jose Espinal broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth before a throwing error on a would-be inning-ending double play made it 2-0 to the Bulls.
The Lions got a run back in the top of the sixth through Tilson Brito and went 3-2 ahead with a two-run eighth before the late rally by the Bulls decided the contest.
Neither starter was awarded the win for their efforts with Chang Chih-chiang of the Lions allowing two runs on five hits and Espinal allowing a run on six hits over seven innings.
Instead, the Bulls’ Yang Jien-fu earned his second win of the year for pitching a scoreless ninth while the Lions’ Stone was hit with the loss for squandering the lead in the ninth.
T-Rex 12, Elephants 2
The dmedia T-Rex snapped a three-game losing skid by beating the Brother Elephants 12-2 in Sinjhuang on Monday.
Cory Bailey won his fifth in a row with six solid innings of play, allowing a pair of runs on four hits, despite walking five.
Doing the damage with the bat were Wu Jia-hui, Chen Keh-fang, and Chen Chih-pong who dialed up three RBIs apiece. The trio batted a combined 6-for-12 with a homer (by Chen Chih-pong) and a double (Chen Keh-fang).
Danny Core issued five first-inning walks on top of three singles as his side fell 0-5 behind after one inning of play.