The Sinon Bulls made it two in a row with a 7-3 win over the Uni-President Lions at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tianmu last night to clinch the three-game series against the defending champs.
After dropping the opener 4-1 at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium on Friday night, the Cats were in desperate need to even things up as they sent staff ace Pan “Du Du” Wei-luen to the mound to take on Sinon rookie hurler Chang Geng-hao in search of Du Du’s 98th career victory.
However, the night belonged to Chang as he surrendered three runs on six hits through the fifth before his bullpen followed with four innings of shutout ball to keep the sixth win of the year intact for Chang.
Lin Chi-wei entered in the sixth and tossed three innings of one-hit ball while Shen Yu-jeh pitched into and out of trouble in the ninth to keep the Lions offense at bay.
Offensively for the Bulls, Cheng Da-hong led all hitters with three hits and scored three times on the night for the first-half champs.
The top of the order, consisting of Chang Jien-ming, Cheng Jau-hao and Chang Tai-shan, also collected two hits apiece in a game where five different Sinon hitters had multi-hit outings.
After falling behind 0-3 through the top of the third, the Lions finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning courtesy of an RBI single by Kuo Dai-chi.
However, Pan returned the favor the very next inning by giving up a leadoff triple to Cheng Da-hong and allowing the run to score two batters later.
Uni-President made it 3-4 with a pair of runs in the fifth, but the Bulls piled on three more to run away with the win.
Taking the loss was Pan, who allowed six runs on 11 hits over seven innings as his second straight bid for career victory No. 98 fell short.
Bears 2, Elephants 1 (RAIN)
A sudden downpour in the Kaohsiung area yesterday evening forced the contest between the Brother Elephants and the La New Bears at the Kaohsiung County Baseball Stadium to be suspended after three innings with the home Bears leading the Elephants 2-1.
The game will resume from the start of the fourth at 1:05pm today at the Douliou County Baseball Stadium in the day game of a day-night doubleheader between the two squads with the night game scheduled for 5:05pm.