Sat, May 09, 2009 - Page 19 News List

‘Chia Chia’ abuses Bulls reliever with late homer

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Uni-President Lions starter Mickey Callaway rubs the bridge of his nose during Thursday’s loss to the La New Bears in Tainan. The Bears won 7-6.

PHOTO: HUANG CHIH-YUAN, TAIPEI TIMES

The Brother Elephants squeezed out eight unanswered runs over the final two innings, highlighted by Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min’s three-run home run in the top of the ninth, to top the Sinon Bulls 10-6 in Taichung on Thursday evening.

With his team trailing by two and men on second and third, Chen “Golden Warrior” Chih-yuan lined a clutch single up the middle to tie the game at 6-all before Chia Chia’s three-run blast off Bulls reliever Shen Yu-jeh capped an amazing six-run ninth.

The win not only nipped a six-game slide for the men in the golden uniforms, but also dealt the Bulls their fourth loss in the last half-dozen.

Chang “Prince of the Forest” Tai-shan’s two-out single with a runner on third got the home Bulls on the board in the bottom of the first before a four-run fourth made it 5-1 in favor of the Bulls.

Back-to-back doubles by Hsieh “the Ugly” Jia-shien and Cheng Jau-han put the Bulls ahead 6-1 in the fifth.

But the visitors upped their game a notch with a run off Sinon starter Shoda Itsuki in the sixth and two more in the eighth to set the stage for the Elephants’ biggest comeback of the season.

Elephants reliever Yeh Yong-jeh was credited with the surprising win for throwing a scoreless eighth to beat his counterpart Pedro Liriano of the Dominican Republic, who blew a save by allowing three runs on as many hits in a rough outing.

BEARS 7, LIONS 6

Homers in consecutive at-bats by Chen Chin-fong accounted for five of seven Bears runs as they tamed the Uni-President Lions for the second straight game in a 7-6 win at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium on Thursday, sweeping their two-game series against the defending champs.

It was Chen’s first multi-homer game this year, giving the former Major Leaguer 10 home runs for the season with 25 RBIs.

After Kao Guo-ching’s three-run shot off Bears starter Aaron Rakers gave the Lions an early lead in the bottom of the first, the momentum quickly shifted in favor of the visitors as they struck for two runs each in the second and third to claim a 4-3 lead. Chen’s second homer of the night made it 7-3 in the fourth.

Although the Lions rallied with two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth, their efforts weren’t enough as Bears closer Jermaine Van Buren pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve the fifth win of the year for Rakers.

Lions starter Mickey Callaway took the tough loss, allowing four runs on a pair of homers in just three innings as he fell to 3-2 for the season.

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