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Elephants trample Lions while Bears savage Bulls

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Lin Chih-sheng of the La New Bears hits a homerun during their game against the Sinon Bulls at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tianmu on Sunday.

PHOTO: LIN CHENG-KUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

The Brother Elephants continued their recent success as they edged past the Uni-President Lions by a 3-2 margin at the Douliou County Baseball Stadium on Sunday to remain unbeaten at 4-0 in the second half of play.

Chou “Chairman Chou” Si-chi was the hero of the day for the men in the golden uniforms as the veteran slugger went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to account for all of the Elephants’ runs. The Chairman’s two-run homer off Lions starter Chris Gissell in the top of the third that gave the Elephants a 2-0 lead and his clutch RBI-single in the fifth made it 3-0.

The Lions finally managed to break through in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of runs on Jose Castillo’s RBI-groundout and Kao Guo-ching’s run-scoring single to cut the Elephants lead to 3-2.

That was as close as the Lions would get as relievers Lee Hao-ren and Ryan Cullen retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth respectively to preserve the win.

Picking up the win for the Elephants was starter Liao Yu-cheng who held the Lions scoreless through the sixth on six hits and four walks with the help of a defense that turned three double plays.

BEARS 10, BULLS 7

Lin Chih-sheng homered for the 18th time this year and Aaron Rakers pitched near seven innings of four-run ball as the La New Bears beat the Sinon Bulls 10-7 in Tianmu on Sunday to win the three-game weekend series.

The slugfest that featured 26 combined hits between the teams saw the Bears jump to an early 4-0 lead in the opening frame. They quickly upped it to 10-2 through the sixth before the Bulls rallied for five unanswered runs over the seventh and eighth that made it 10-7.

Trailing by three heading into the top of the ninth, the Bulls put two runners on and had the tying run at the plate with one out before Bears closer Jermaine Van Buren induced the final two outs to earn his league-best 13th save of the season.

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