The Brother Elephants made it look easy against the Uni-President Lions as they erupted for 14 runs in a 14-8 rout at the Hsinchu Municipal Baseball Stadium on Wednesday night to start the week with a splash.
Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min homered twice to champion an offense that spotted starter Lee Hao-ren an overwhelming 13-0 lead to help the rookie win his first career start.
Also starring for the men in the golden uniform was Chen Rei-chen, who connected for three hits to knock in a pair of runs on a night when six different hitters contributed with multi-hit outings.
The Lions finally got on the board in the seventh after being held to four hits by Lee through the fifth and Tsao Jung-yang in the sixth, when Kuo Dai-chi scored on an RBI single by Cheng Nai-wen off Tsao in what ended up being a five-run innings.
They tacked on three more over the final two frames, even though the outcome of the game was never in doubt.
The disappointing loss by the Lions masked what was an outstanding offensive game for outfielder Liu Fu-hao, who also went deep twice on a 3-for-4 night with four RBIs in his first career multi-homer game.
BULLS 7, BEARS 0
Ricardo Rodriguez became the first player in the league to pick up a complete-game shutout this season with a brilliant five-hitter against the La New Bears in Taichung that boosted the home Sinon Bulls to an impressive 7-0 win on Tuesday evening.
The Dominican standout, who joined the Bulls right before the All-Star break, kept a potent Bears offense off balance throughout the contest, allowing all but one of the first dozen hitters he faced and only three Bears hitters to reach scoring position.
• Sinon Bulls 5,
La New Bears 1
• Uni-President Lions 15, Brother Elephants 5
• La New Bears v
• Sinon Bulls v
Offensively for the Bulls, Deng Shih-yang’s perfect 5-for-5 hitting with an RBI led an attack that roughed up Bears starter Huang Hong-ren with six runs over the first four innings to deal the second-year righty his first loss of the year.