Chen Jiang-ho’s RBI double capped a five-run third that broke a one-all tie wide open, and the Brother Elephants went on to defeat the Lamigo Monkeys 7-1 at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night to even their weekend series at one win apiece.
The win not only brought the top-ranked Elephants back to their winning ways after a tough loss to the Monkeys the night before nipped a four-game win streak for them, but more importantly upped their lead over the second-place Primates to three games in the standings as they two clubs look to close out the quarter of the season strong to win a ticket into the postseason.
Starter Cheng Chi-hong squandered an early 1-0 lead by giving up a run in the bottom of the second on an RBI single to Kuo Yen-wen following a Chung Cheng-yo double. That was the lone run that the Lamigo offense could muster as the southpaw out of National Taiwan Sport University pitched shutout ball on seven hits through the seventh en route to his seventh straight victory.
Lions 2, Bulls 1
Kao Guo-ching’s clutch single through the middle scored the runner on third to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth and the Uni-President Lions went to top the Sinon Bulls by the same score at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tianmu last night to take the weekend series.
It was the second straight one-run game that the Cats had taken from Sinon, following Friday night’s 3-2 triumph in Sinjhuang, as they fed off the hapless Bulls to keep pace with the Monkeys and the Elephants in the title hunt.
Trailing by a run, the Bulls threatened to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, when Cheng Jau-han led off the inning with a double off Lion closer Lin Yueh-ping, but a strike to third by catcher Kao Chih-kang on a sacrifice bunt attempt stopped the Bulls from reaching third to set up a game-ending double play to keep the win intact.