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CPBL: Monkeys, Bulls go to extra innings, arrive at rare draw

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

The Lamigo Monkeys played to a six-all draw over 12 innings at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last night to split the weekend series with a rare 2-1-1 record.

The game was clearly the Monkeys’ to win with Kuo Yen-wen going deep against the Bulls’ Lin Chi-wei on a three-run blast to cap off a four-run fourth inning that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 4-1 lead.

However, the resilient Bulls got two of the runs back in the bottom of the inning on the strength of five singles before scraping up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth after a costly throwing error by the Monkeys’ defense, which turned a sacrifice bunt attempt with a runner on first into an all-safe play with runners at the corners and no outs.

After the game went into extra innings, the Monkeys managed to plate two runs in the 10th, only to see the home team Bulls come back with the equalizer to tie the game.

Elephants 11, Lions 2

The Brother Elephants cooled off the red-hot Uni-President Lions at the Hsinchu CKS Baseball Stadium last night to avoid a sweep by the defending champs.

Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min led an attack by the heart of the batting order that knocked in eight of the team’s 11 runs, including a bases-loaded double to score all three runners in the bottom of the second that helped the men in the golden uniforms take a 7-0 lead after only two innings of play.

The efficient Elephant lineup ended up with a dozen hits on the night thanks to some wild Lions pitching that gave up seven walks.

That was more than enough for Elephants starter Luis Gonzalez, who tossed six innings of two-run ball on five hits despite giving up a pair of solo homers to the Elephants’ Chu Yuan-ching and Huang En-tsih for the Lions’ only runs in the contest.

Gonzalez also fanned seven while walking four to improve to 4-2 on the season.

For the Lions, their bid to win their 10th straight game was denied one night after they clinched the CPBL’s first-half title, as the Elephants suddenly awoke and made sure their archrivals from Greater Tainan did not sweep the weekend series.

Starter Pan Jun-rong was tagged with the loss for the Cats as he allowed all five of the batters he faced to safely reach base via four walks and a single to end his night early.

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