Hitters dominated the pitching in Monday night’s action as the four teams combined to score 38 runs in the two games played in the CPBL.
The Lamigo Monkeys and the Sinon Bulls put up nine first-inning runs between them in a four-hour shootout, before the Primates prevailed 14-10 at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.
Yeh Chu-hsuan’s two-run blast off reliever Chang Geng-hao highlighted a five-run first for the Monkeys, before the Bulls answered with four runs of their own on the strength of a pair of singles and doubles, and a homer by Chang Jien-ming in the bottom of the inning to knock out Lamigo starter Lin Wang-yi.
Trailing by a run, the Bulls tied the game in the third and actually led it 7-5 with two runs in the fourth on back-to-back RBI singles by Chang Jien-ming and Lin Yi-chuan.
The lead proved short-lived as the Monkeys countered by scoring the next half-dozen to go up 11-7, before plating three insurance runs in the eighth to run away with the victory.
Homering twice in the game was Lamigo slugger Lin Chih-sheng, who overtook the lead in total homers with 10 blasts to his name.
The Bulls’ Lin Yi-chuan also claimed his place in the record books as he connected for four hits to reach the 100-hit mark in just his 57th game of the year, to surpass his own record of 100 hits in 62 games set in 2009.
Lamigo reliever Cheng Lin Chih-sheng earned his third win of the year with three allowed runs on as many innings to even his season record at 3-3, while the loss went to his counterpart Shen Yu-jeh, who fell to 2-2 for the year, giving up four runs over two innings of work.
LIONS 11, ELEPHANTS 3
The top-ranked Uni-President Lions also put on double digits on Monday with an 11-3 trouncing of the Brother Elephants at the Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City, their third straight win.
The resumption of the rain-suspended game from April 27 saw the Elephants take a 1-0 lead into the game. The Elephants then opened with a pair of runs off starter Chen Yi-huan in the second inning for a quick 3-0 advantage.
That was all the runs that the Elephants would score, though, as Chen regrouped in a hurry to keep the Elephants’ hitters at bay, before the Lions’ hitters rallied with 11 unanswered runs to take the game.
Red-hot swinger Lin Chih-shiang registered four more hits in his second four-hit game in three days to lead a Lions attack that teed off against the Elephants pitching for 15 hits to make a winner out of lefty Lee Wei-hua, who tossed 1-1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Taking the loss was Luis Gonzalez, who lasted five innings with seven allowed runs on 11 hits to fall back to 4-3 for the season.