Chu Hong-seng’s walk-off single with a runner on second scored the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth as the Brother Elephants rallied from as many as seven down with eight unanswered runs to top the Sinon Bulls 13-12 at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang on Wednesday evening.
The seesaw battle that featured four lead-changes and a season-high of 35 combined hits between the two clubs saw the visiting Bulls jump 2-0 ahead in the opening frame on RBI singles by Cheng Hong-da and Hsieh “the Ugly” Jia-shien before the home Elephants fought back with a five-run second, the highlight of which was Liu Geng-hsin’s bases-clearing three-run double, that claimed a 5-2 lead.
Brother’s three-run lead lasted less than two innings with the Bulls scoring ten runs over the fourth and fifth on the strength of a three-run double by Lin Yi-chuan and back-to-back solo homers by Hsu Guo-long and Wilton Veras for a seemingly comfortable 12-5 margin.
That was when the Elephants turned their game up a notch as they chipped away at the deficit with a pair of runs in the fifth and three more in the seventh to close to within a deuce, setting the stage for an improbable comeback in a three-run ninth.
Picking up the win for the Elephants was reliever Matt Perisho who entered in the eighth and tossed one and two-thirds scoreless innings of one-hit ball to top Shoda Itsuki who served up the Elephants’ final three runs in a blown save situation.
LIONS 3, BEARS 1
Back-to-back scoring singles by Pan Wu-hsiung and Kao Guo-ching led to a two-run seventh to lift the Uni-President Lions past the La New Bears 3-1 in Kaohsiung on Tuesday, nipping a dreadful seven-game slide for the cats.
• Uni-President Lions 8 La New Bears 1
(postponed from July 16)
Starter Chu Wei-ming took the challenge of facing the top offense in the league head on and equaled to the task by holding the La New bats to a lone run on four hits over seven brilliant innings to earn his sixth win of the year.