Shih Chih-wei’s pinch-hit double off reliever Shen Yu-jeh capped a two-run eighth for the La New Bears as they overcame a late-game deficit to rally past the Sinon Bulls 4-3 at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tianmu on Saturday night.
Trailing 1-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Lin Chih-ping got the Bears rally going with a one-out triple before Lin Chih-sheng followed with a clutch single, both off Bulls reliever Yu Wen-pin, to even things out at 2-all.
With the momentum on their side, the Bears pulled ahead with a two-run eighth to claim a 4-2 lead before holding off a Sinon counterattack in the top of the ninth to end the game with a narrow victory.
Jermaine Van Buren was credited with his second win of the season, even though the normally sure-handed closer for the Bears allowed a run in the ninth that pull the Bulls to within a run.
Taking the loss was Shen, who gave up three hits to the four batters he faced in the eighth to even his season mark at 3-3.
ELEPHANTS 3, LIONS 2
The Brother Elephants remained unbeaten at 3-0 in the second half with a 3-2 win over the Uni-President Lions in Tainan on Saturday evening thanks to an outing from starter Tsao Chin-hui.
The former Major Leaguer who started the year in an Elephants uniform after spending five seasons with three different clubs in the US ran up the pitch-count to a season-high 107 over six-and-two-third innings of work, allowing two runs (only one earned) on six hits to control the Lions bats.
Doing the damage at the plate with a pair of RBIs was Brother icon Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min, who came up big with a bases-loaded single in the top of the sixth that turned a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 for his team. He would end up with a two-for-three outing on the night to improve his team-best average to .396 (second best in the league) for the year.