The Sinon Bulls continued their winning ways by downing the Brother Elephants 9-5 at the Douliou County Baseball Stadium on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to six.
The win not only tied a club record for longest win-streak, but also nipped a nine-game losing skid versus the Elephants for the top-ranked Bulls.
Leading the potent Bulls offense that had averaged over six runs per game in the six contests prior to Wednesday’s match was rookie slugger Lin Yi-chuen who upped his league-leading hits and RBI total to 14 and 8 respectively by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs en route to his first game-MVP honor of the season.
Also starring for the Bulls was Cheng Hong-da who went a perfect 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs while starter Yu Wen-pin allowed four runs on ten hits in seven innings to earn his first win of the year.
Inability to create any big innings against the Bulls pitching despite collecting a dozen hits, including a two-run home run by Wang Sheng-wei off Yu, ultimately cost the Elephants the game as they fell to 3-5 for the season.
BEARS 10, LIONS 4
The La New Bears ended a three-game slide by erupting for ten runs against a struggling Uni-President Lions pitching staff to kick off the week with a 10-4 win in Kaohsiung on Tuesday night.
Tsai Jien-wei’s bases-clearing, three-run double capped a five-run first that gave fellow starter Aaron Rakers a generous 5-1 lead. That proved more than ample for the American righty who tossed six solid innings with four allowed runs on five hits to win his second straight start.
Newcomer Nathan Gold of the US also hit his first homer of the season with a towering shot over the leftfield wall off game-loser Chu Wei-ming in the third for the Bears while the Lions’ lone highlight of the night belonged to Enrico Washington who homered for the second time in three games to show off his long-all potential.