Shih Chih-wei’s grand slam capped an eight-run sixth that blew a 3-2 game wide open as the La New Bears went on to defeat the Brother Elephants 11-3 at the Kaohsiung County Baseball Stadium on Tuesday night to start the week with a bang.
The win not only nipped a two-game slide for the home Bears, but also ended the Elephants’ two-game winning run following an awesome weekend of play in Tianmu with a pair of triumphs over the top-ranked Sinon Bulls.
Lin Chih-sheng also homered on Tuesday, bringing the La New slugger’s total for this month to nine to tie the league mark for most homers in a single month shared by former Uni-President Lions great Tilson Brito in 2007 and Denio Gonzalez of the 1996 Chinatimes Eagles.
Keeping the red-hot Elephants offense in check with his second straight quality start was Bears righty Chang Chih-jia, who overcame a shaky one-run first by pitching one-run ball over the next five innings to earn his third win of the season.
The game favored the Elephants in the early going as starter Danny Core managed to allowed only two Bears runners on in the first three frames to take an early 1-0 lead.
That was when the Bears decided to up their game a notch, with Lin and Chen Chin-fong going deep against Core with back-to-back homers in what ended up being a three-run fourth.
Even though the Elephants answered with a run of their own in the fifth to make it 3-2, that was as close as they got as the Bears erupted for eight runs in the sixth to put the game away long before the final out.