The Lamigo Monkeys doubled up on the Brother Elephants to win 6-3 at the Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City last night to take the three-game series in northern Taiwan over the weekend by a 2-1 margin.
Matt DeSalvo pitched seven effective innings of three-run ball (one earned run), despite walking a season-high five and receiving plenty of run support from the Lamigo lineup to pick up victory No. 4 of the season.
The Monkeys bullpen also did its part, with Hsu Ming-jeh and Lin Jia-wei chipping in a perfect eighth and ninth respectively to keep the Elephant hitters at bay.
Doing the damage at the plate for the victorious Primates were Tsan Chih-yao and Kuo Hso-wei, who went a combined four-for-eight with five RBIs, including a two-run homer by Tsan to account for nearly all of their team’s total offense.
Tsan more than redeemed himself for misjudging a fly ball to center that cost the Monkeys their game on Saturday night with his three-RBI outburst yesterday.
“It sure feels good to be able to make up for your mistakes,” Tsan said after the game last night.
Lamigo wasted little time getting into Elephants starter Lu Shao-yu, with Chen Guan-ren coming up big against his former team by smashing a two-out single to shallow-left with a runner on second to take a 1-0 lead in the opening frame, before increasing their lead in the second on Tsan’s two-run blast.
However, the Elephants returned the favor by scoring the next three runs over the next innings to tie the game at 3-3, before Tsan and Kuo came through again in the sixth with back-to-back base hits to plate three runs that turned out to be the difference.
Luis Gonzalez entered in the fourth in relief of Lu and cruised through the fifth, before being tagged for three runs in the decisive sixth to drop his second game of the season. He is now 2-2 with an ERA of 4.96.
LIONS 11, BULLS 5
Deng Chih-wei’s two-run homer capped a seven-run sixth that rallied the Uni-President Lions from a 3-4 deficit to a 10-4 lead as they topped the Sinon Bulls 11-5 at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last night to sweep the three-game series.
The visiting Cats dug themselves into a 0-3 hole in the opening inning, but managed to recover by scoring 11 of the next 13 runs in the game to run away with an easy victory.
Six different hitters had multi-hit games on the night, highlighted by Deng’s three-for-five effort to help reliever Fu Yu-kang beat his counterpart Yu Wen-pin for his third win of the year.
All three of Fu’s wins have come in relief appearances, making him one of the trustworthy relievers in the league.