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CPBL 20: Lions maul Bulls for fifth straight win

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

La New Bears batter Chan Chih-yao bats during the Bears’ 11-1 clobbering of the Brother Elephants at the Kaohsiung County Baseball Stadium on Sunday.

PHOTO: CHANG CHUNG-YI, TAIPEI TIMES

Pan Jung-rong tossed five innings of one-run ball and Chen Lien-hong drove in a pair of runs as the Uni-President Lions stumped the Sinon Bulls 4-1 at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium on Sunday night.

The win extended the Lions’ winning streak to five and clinched a clean sweep in the three-game weekend series as they bounced back from a five-game slide earlier this month.

Pan Wu-hsiung’s solo homer off Sinon starter Yang Jien-fu in the bottom of the first got things going before the Bulls quickly evened it up with three consecutive singles off Pan Jung-rong.

After a scoreless second, Lions hitters went back to work on Yang, with back-to-back RBI doubles by Jose Castillo and Chen for their second lead of the game at 3-1.

That was plenty for Pan Jung-rong, who pitched through the fifth without surrendering another run before letting his bullpen take over. Lions relievers came through with four shutout innings of one-hit relief to preserve the fourth win of the season for the third-year hurler out of Taipei Physical Education College.

Failure to come up with key hits cost the Bulls as they batted a futile 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position while outhitting the Lions 8-7.

BEARS 11, ELEPHANTS 1

Scoring in double-digits for the second straight night, the La New Bears clobbered the Brother Elephants 11-1 at the Kaohsiung County Baseball Stadium on Sunday to take the three-game set 2-1.

Picking up where they left off following Saturday’s 12-4 rout of the Elephants, the Bears’ offense greeted starter Liao “the Golden Submarine” Yu-cheng with seven quick runs over the first three frames, ending Liao’s evening well short of his 6-plus innings average this year.

Bears starter Tsai Ying-fong silenced Brothers batters with five masterful innings of shutout ball in a four-hit outing. The Elephants finally got on the board in the sixth with their lone run of the game on Chen Guan-ren’s RBI single to right off reliever Tseng Jau-hao.

With a sizable 7-1 advantage through the fifth, the Bears onslaught continued, with batters churning up four more runs over the next three innings en route to their another lopsided win.

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