The Lamigo Monkeys doubled up on the Brother Elephants in a 6-3 final at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night to clinch the weekend series at home by a 2-1 margin.
Despite falling behind by three early in the game, the die-hard Primates never lost their faith as they chipped away at the deficit with a pair of runs in the fifth on RBI hits by Lin Chih-ping and Lin Chih-sheng before evening things up in the sixth on a run-scoring double by Chung “Yo-yo man” Cheng-yo at three-all.
That was the momentum-swinger that the Monkeys needed as they teed off against Elephants reliever Guan Da-yuan, who surrendered a run on a pair of singles in the seventh before giving up a two-run homer to Lin Chih-sheng, Lin’s league-leading 20th blast of the season, to claim a 6-3 lead.
Picking up the win was reliever Paul Phillips, who entered in the fifth to rescue starter Tseng Jau-hao with his team down 0-3 and tossed five innings of shutout ball to keep his team in the game.
Taking the loss was Guan, who failed to protect the lead for starter Tseng Song-wei with a three-run seventh to suffer his third defeat of the season.
Lions 8, Bulls 2
Liao Wen-yang tossed five scoreless innings of one-hit ball, Chang “OEO” Tai-shan homered on a 3-for-4 night with three RBIs, and the Uni-President Lions easily cruised past the Sinon Bulls by an 8-2 margin at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last night to sweep the weekend series.
Also homering for the Cats were Kao Guo-ching and Kuo Jung-yo, who coped extremely well against the Sinon pitching, which fell behind by three runs early on the strength of homers by Kao and Chang off starter Lin Cheng-hua and never recovered from it.
Liao was credited with his ninth win of the season as he improved to 9-1, while the loss went to Lin Cheng-hua, who fell to 5-8 for the year.