The Brother Elephants closed out the week of play in grand style on Sunday with a dramatic 4-3 win over the dmedia T-Rex at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang to sweep the two-game set against the T-Rex.
Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min’s walk-off single over a drawn-in dmedia outfield scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth to make a winner out of Elephants reliever Yeh Yong-jeh for the young righty’s fifth victory of the season.
Also starring for the high-flying Elephants was rookie shortstop Huang Sheng-wei who went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in his third straight multi-hit outing.
Ineffective relief continued to trouble the T-Rex as game-loser Willy Lebron failed to hold off the Elephants in an otherwise close game during the ninth, especially after the dmedia offense had fought so hard to overcome two deficits earlier in the game to force a 3-3 tie late in the game.
Lions 5, Whales 4
The President Lions needed a spectacular play by third baseman Tilson Brito and an even-better catch by second baseman Yang Seng on a throw to second to complete a game-ending out to preserve a 5-4 win over the Chinatrust Whales at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium on Sunday to salvage a series-split against the Whales.
Trailing 3-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Whales’ Lin Jin-chang lined a double off the right-center wall after one out to score the runner all the way from first and seemed well on his way to tie the game up at 5-all on Wilton Veras’ hard-hit drive to third that surely would be a standup double for the veteran Dominican slugger.
Instead, Brito made the timely grab that represented the second out of the inning and alertly hurled the ball to second that beat a tagging Lin to end the contest dramatically.
The outstanding finish by the Lions preserved the win for Louis Pote who improved to 10-1 for the season.
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