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CPBL: Kuo goes big in Monkeys victory

NOT MONKEYING ABOUT:Lamigo starter DeSalvo held the Sinon Bulls hitters to a lone run on five hits over seven frames to sweep the weekend series

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

Chen Kuan-jen of the Lamigo Monkeys loses his grip on the bat as he attempts to make a hit against the Sinon Bulls in their CPBL game at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium yesterday.

Photo: Liao Yau-tung, Taipei Times

Kuo Yen-wen drove in three runs with a towering blast to right in the third inning and Matt DeSalvo tossed seven innings of one-run ball as the Lamigo Monkeys easily handled the Sinon Bulls 6-1 at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last night to sweep the weekend series.

It was the second straight game that the Monkeys infielder had knocked in three or more runs and the third in the past four, as Kuo continued his red-hot hitting to lead the Primates past their opponents for their fourth straight win.

Holding the Sinon hitters to a lone run on five hits over seven frames was the efficient DeSalvo, who needed only 89 pitches to turn in his sixth quality start in seven chances to give the American righty a 5-3 record for the year.

The showdown between the league’s strikeout leader (DeSalvo) and the top pick from last June’s amateur draft, the Bulls’ Lin Chen-hua, was all Monkeys after a scoreless first and second, with the visitors jumping all over Lin in a four-run third, before tacking on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth to put the game away long before the final out.

Unlike their previous two contests in which the Bulls surrendered 17 hits apiece, last night’s match saw the pitching staff allow only a half-dozen hits to the Monkeys, but that did not stop them from plating six in a convincing rout.

Lin left with two outs in the sixth to pick up his fifth defeat of the year.

Elephants 4, Lions 0

Lin “Little Chick” En-yu made the most of his first start in more than two years with five innings of one-hit ball to lift the Brother Elephants over the Uni-President Lions in a 4-0 shutout at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tianmu last night.

“I’m back,” Lin claimed with authority after the game as he received the MVP honor from a league official.

He had been sidelined by injuries since returning from a somewhat disappointing stint in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League in 2010, having started only two games for the Elephants in the past three seasons, before beating the Lions’ Hsu Yu-wei for his first win in nearly six years.

Equaling Lin’s effort was an awesome Elephants bullpen that combined for four scoreless innings of relief to keep the shutout intact, highlighted by closer Brad Thomas’ game-ending ground-out to second with two on the bases to preserve the victory for Lin.

Best offensively for the men in the familiar golden uniforms was Chou Si-chi, who went a team-high three-for-four with a pair of RBIs to account for half of his team’s total run production.

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