Erupting for 13 runs on 18 hits, the La New Bears beat the Uni-President Lions 13-2 yesterday to win the weekend series 2-1.
Five hitters had multi-hit games on the day for the rambunctious Bears, led by Lin Hong-yu’s 4-for-5 outing, while Chung Cheng-yo homered for the second straight game with a solo blast off Lions reliever Hsu Yu-wei to lead off the Bears’ half of the eighth.
What had been billed as a showdown between a pair of staff aces in the Bears’ Christopher Lee Mason and the Lions’ Pan “Du Du” Wei-luen quickly turned into an all-Bears slugfest as they teed off against Du Du by pounding off seven hits over the first two frames to take a 5-0 lead before chasing the Lions right-hander with four more runs to lead 9-1.
The lone run that Mason surrendered to the Lions came in the top of the third, when Yang Seng and Kao Guo-ching drew consecutive walks off the US hurler before Marshall McDougall drove a pitch up the middle on an RBI-double that score Yang from second.
That was as close as the Lions got to Mason as he scattered six hits over seven innings with one allowed run.
Suffering the defeat was Pan, who lasted only 2-1/3 innings with nine allowed runs on 10 hits.
Bulls 3, Elephants 1
The Sinon Bulls held the Brother Elephants to only one run for the second straight game as they topped the Elephants in a rain-shortened 3-1 final at the Taipei County Baseball Stadium in Sinjhuang yesterday afternoon to claim their three-game series 2-1.
Sinon wasted little time getting on the board against Elephants starter Jim Magrane, with Chang Jien-ming leading off the bottom of the first with a clean double and scoring on an RBI-single by Cheng Jau-han on the ensuing play to take a 1-0 lead.
The Elephants answered with a run of their own on the strength of Chou Si-chi’s solo blast off Sinon starter Lin Chi-wei in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 1-all but the Bulls regained a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the same inning, courtesy of a two-run double from Hsu Guo-long.
The score stood unchanged at 3-1 through the fifth, when a downpour forced the league official to call the game, giving the Bulls the series-clinching win.
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