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CPBL 20: Lions’ valiant late effort not enough to save game

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Brother Elephants pitcher Liao Yu-cheng goes into action against the Uni-President Lions at Tianmu Baseball Stadium in Taipei on Sunday.

PHOTO: LIU HSIN-DE, TAIPEI TAIPEI TIMES

The Brother Elephants took an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first and went on to beat the Uni-President Lions 6-4 at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tianmu on Sunday, taking the three-game series from the defending champs 2-1.

Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min’s two-run homer off Lions starter Lin Cheng-fong spotted Brother starter Liao Yu-cheng a 3-0 lead and that was more than ample for the submariner as he pitched through the sixth, allowing two unearned runs on five hits to earn his second victory of the year.

Trailing 0-5 after five innings of play, the Lions offense finally capitalized on an Elephants error as Kuo Dai-chi made the most of a second chance when the Elephants failed come up with a catch in foul territory. Kuo drove an offering from Liao over the rightfield fence for a two-run shot.

Lin allowed five runs on 10 hits over five frames in his first setback of the season.

BULLS 3, BEARS 1

The Sinon Bulls continued their brilliant start with a 3-1 win over the La New Bears in Taichung on Sunday to sweep a three-game set.

What many argued as the club that came away with the best deals in the supplemental draft after the dismantling of the dmedia T-Rex and the Chinatrust Whales, the new-and-improved Bulls got great mileage from Wilton Veras (formerly of the T-Rex) and rookie sensation Lin Yi-chuen, who collected a pair of hits apiece.

Picking up the big win for the Bulls was starter Yang Jien-fu, who gave up a lone run on two hits over five innings for his first win of the season, beating his counterpart Wu Si-yo. Wu allowed three runs on nine hits over seven-and-two-thirds innings in a quality start but was simply outpitched by Yang.

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