Avenging Saturday’s late-inning collapse that led to a tough loss, the Lamigo Monkeys swept the day-night doubleheader against the Sinon Bulls yesterday with a 3-2 win in the afternoon and a 9-5 triumph last night to clinch the weekend series at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium.
In the afternoon game, Wang Fong-hsin took a 3-0 shutout into the eighth, before surrendering a run to the Bulls and watching his bullpen give up another run in the ninth, before Huang Chin-chih finally got Cheng Jau-han to fly out to right with the tying run on second to preserve the win for the starter.
It was the first “W” that Wang has recorded in more than three months, the last dating back to June 7.
Bulls starter Lin Chen-hua pitched well enough for a win, with three allowed runs on as many hits over six innings of work, but he was forced to settle for the loss as Wang was just a tad better on the day.
In the nightcap, the Primates actually had to rally from three down with a three-run fifth, highlighted by a bases-clearing three-run double by Chen Guan-ren to lead it 6-4, before the eventual 9-5 result.
Lin Jia-wei was credited with the victory for his 4-2/3 innings of one-run relief, while the loss went to the Bulls’ Lin Chi-wei, who wasted a rare lead spotted by his offense to lose his 14th game of the year.
Elephants 8, Lions 6
Chou Si-chi’s two-run blast to right off Uni-President Lions reliever Lee Wei-hua gave the visiting Brother Elephants an 8-6 lead in the top of the ninth which they held on to at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium last night.
In a seesaw battle that featured four changes of lead, it was the Cats who struck first with four quick runs in the opening frame off Elephants starter Lin Yu-ching, but the four-run lead proved insufficient for normally sure-handed starter Yuya Kamada, who allowed the Elephants back in the game and some more, before being chased after the sixth.
That gave Elephants reliever Guan Da-yuan the opportunity to pick up his second win in as many days, improving the right-hander’s record to 11-3.