Makeup week continued with the Lamigo Monkeys blanking the top-ranked Uni-President Lions 5-0 at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night.
Liu Jia-hao’s bases-loaded double capped a four-run fourth that blew a scoreless tie wide open, as the Primates nearly batted around the order against Lion starter Jon Leicester by sending eight to the plate against the American righty.
Leicester had retired the first seven hitters he faced in a fast start and held the Monkeys scoreless through the third, before running into a world of trouble in the fourth. Even though he would regroup in a hurry with a scoreless fifth and sixth before calling it a day, the damage was already done as his counterpart and fellow countryman Ben Moore was flawless through five with a perfect game going, before Liu Fu-hao’s blooper single to shallow-right broke it up.
The Lions would finish the sixth empty-handed against Moore despite loading up the bases with one out, as Moore calmly induced a fly ball to shallow-center that was not deep enough for the Lions to send the runner on third before getting Pan “TAKE” Wu-hsiung to fly to left for the inning-ending out.
Taking over the game in the next two innings was a Lamigo defense which bailed out a pair of leadoff singles surrendered by Moore in the seventh and eighth with back-to-back double plays to strand three, before Huang Chin-chih retired the final three Lions in order in the ninth to keep the shutout intact.
Picking up the win was Moore, who improved to 2-1 for the year in only his fifth game with the Monkeys as he allowed no runs on four hits over eight innings of work.
Taking the loss was Leicester, who gave up four runs on five hits over six frames in a solid start, but who failed to receive any run support as he dropped to a 6-2 mark for the season.
The victory not only extended the Monkeys’ win streak to three straight, but also increased the Lions’ losing streak to a season-high four in a row as they remained in search for that elusive win that would give them 39 “W’s” for the first half. The last win by the Lions came on June 6, more than two weeks ago, in a rain-drenched month that saw the league called off play on six different days.
Elephants 0, Bulls 0 (PPD)
The Brother Elephants and the Sinon Bulls only played an inning before a sudden downpour in the Tianmu area forced the game officials to suspend the match.