Sun, Aug 28, 2011 - Page 20 News List

Bulls race ahead of Lions in extra innings

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing Reporter

The Lamigo Monkeys’ Kuo Hsiu-wei, right, slides safely home before the Brother Elephants’ Yeh Chun-chang can tag him out during their game yesterday at the Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City.

Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

Lan Shou-bai’s bases-loaded walk off reliever Mai Jia-yi broke a 2-all deadlock in the top of the 11th inning as the Sinon Bulls went on to baffle the Uni-President Lions 8-2 at the Taipei Tianmu Municipal Baseball Stadium last night to extend their win streak to six straight.

The win brought the Bulls out of the cellar in the standings for the first time since late June as they traded places with the Brother Elephants to take over third place.

Neither offenses were able to produce any runs in the early going with starters Lu Cheng-long (Sinon) and Chen Yi-huan (Uni-President) holding their ground through four innings in a classic pitchers’ duel.

That changed in a hurry in the bottom of the fifth as Kuo Jung-yo led off the inning with a solo blast to straight-away center off Luo to put the Big Cats ahead 1-0.

The lead proved short-lived as the Bulls answered with two runs of their own in the next inning, courtesy of a two-run double by Su Jien-rong.

Kuo’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth promptly tied the game at 2-all, a score that stood for five innings before the Bulls blew things wide open in the 11th.

Chang Geng-hao was credited with his third win of the season with three innings of shutout relief, while the loss went to his counterpart Mai, who managed to retire only one of the six batters he faced in a shaky outing.

Monkeys 17, Elephants 5

Piling on 17 runs in an offensive explosion, the Lamigo Monkeys spanked the Brother Elephants at the Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City last night to avenge a tough 7-5 loss in Friday night’s series opener.

The win not only evened the series at one win apiece heading into this afternoon’s series finale, but more importantly it nipped a three-game slide for the Primates, who had not won since last Sunday.

Newcomer Shane Youman of the US looked strong in his second start in Taiwan with seven effective innings of one-run ball. The southpaw out of Louisiana State University kept the Elephants off the board through the fourth, before allowing a run on a wild pitch after a single and a balk to advance the runner to third.

Doing the damage at the plate was the top of the Monkeys order consisting of Tsai Jien-wei, Kuo Hsui-wei and Lin Chih-sheng, who went a combined 10 for 17 with 10 RBIs among them to leave little doubt about this one. Lin’s Grand Slam off Elephants reliever Luo Guo-hua in the top of the ninth was the icing on the cake.

Taking the loss for the Elephants was Tyler Lumsden, who lasted six innings with eight allowed runs on eleven hits to drop to a 7-8 mark on the year.

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