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CPBL: Sinon Bulls take revenge on the Brother Elephants

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Make-up week began on Wednesday evening with the Sinon Bulls topping the Brother Elephants 7-3 at the Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City.

With wet weather canceling 17 of the 120 games in the first half of the season, the four teams are attempting to complete their games over the next two weeks, before the second half starts on June 29.

Wednesday night’s contest was all-Bulls from the get-go, as they put up a quick run against Elephants starter Cheng Chi-hong in the top of the first and added four more in the fourth to take a sizeable 5-0 lead through the fourth.

Yu Hsien-ming led off the game with a walk off Cheng. He scored two batters later on a fielding error by the Elephants defense to put the Bulls ahead 1-0.

After a scoreless second and third, the Bulls struck again in the fourth when they rang up five singles and a pair of doubles off Cheng for four runs to knock out the former Toronto Blue Jays prospect.

Cheng was tagged with his fourth loss of the year as he fell to a dismal 1-4 mark.

Sinon would reclaim a five-run cushion at 6-1 with a run in the seventh, after starter Lee Chen-hua gave up a run in the sixth to lose his shutout bid.

Even though the Elephants managed to rally for two runs in the eighth to reduce the deficit, the Bulls cruised past them to avenge a bitter loss in Sinjhuang last week.

Offensively for the victorious Bulls, Wang Hsin-min’s three-for-four outing with two RBIs led an attack that teed off the Elephants pitching for 13 hits.

All three of Wang’s hits were doubles, setting a new career-high for the former Chinatrust Whales catcher, who has found a new role at first base with the Bulls.

Also starring were Yu and Cheng Jau-han, who combined for a perfect five-for-five night with a pair of RBIs and three walks.

As for the Elephants, failure to come up with the timely hits ultimately cost them the game, as they plated just three runs with a dozen hits off a Sinon pitching staff that bent, but did not break.

Picking up his third win of the year was Lin Chen-hua, who tossed one-run ball on seven hits into the eighth.

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