Homers by Chung “Yoyo Man” Cheng-yo led the way for the Lamigo Monkeys as they humbled the Sinon Bulls in a 9-4 decision in six innings at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium yesterday afternoon to clinch the weekend series.
It was the first time that the veteran slugger and former home-run champ had gone deep twice in the same game this year, lifting the home hosts past the struggling Bulls to their fourth straight win.
The rain-shortened contest that was meant to be the day game of a day-night doubleheader between the two clubs, after Saturday night’s game suspension because of wet weather, saw the visitors jump to a quick 1-0 lead in the opening frame, only to see the Monkeys answer with two runs of their own in the bottom of the same inning to make it 2-1 in favor of Lamigo.
Even though the Bulls tied things up in the top of the second on an RBI groundout by Chen Chih-wei, that was the extent they could hang with the Primates as the visitors overwhelmed their foes in the bottom of the third with five runs, highlighted by a rare three-run triple by Huang Hao-ran to lead it 7-2.
After a solo blast by Chung boosted the Monkey lead to 8-2 in the fourth, the Bulls reduced the deficit by a deuce with two runs in the sixth on the strength of Fang Keh-wei’s clutch single off Lamigo starter Cheng Cheng-hao.
That was as close as they got, as Chung finished off the game with his second solo shot of the contest to put the game away.
A sudden downpour suspended the game after the sixth for nearly an hour before the officiating crew decided to end the game at that point, as the two teams had played past the five-inning minimum to make the score stand.
Picking up the win was Cheng, who pitched 5-2/3 strong innings with four allowed runs on nine hits to improve to a 6-5 record for the year, while the loss was charged against the Bulls’ Lin Cheng-hua, who served up seven runs on eight hits, including both homers by Chung to drop to 5-6 for the year.