Make-up week continued with the Uni-President Lions downing the Brother Elephants 2-1 at the Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City last night.
With the win, the Cats not only gained some momentum for the upcoming post-season, but they also gained some ground on a pair of individual achievements over the Elephants — in the race for the most holds between Kao Jien-san of the Lions and Lee Chui-guan of the Elephants, and the most saves between Lin Yueh-ping of the Lions and Brad Thomas of the Elephants.
Kao managed to pick up his league-leading 20th hold of the season by recording an out in the top of the seventh with his team leading 2-1 to lead Lee by one, while Lin tossed a perfect ninth for his league-best 23rd save over Thomas’ 22.
The Lions jumped all over Elephants starter Jim Magrane with a couple of runs in the opening frame thanks to a bases-loaded single by Kao Guo-ching.
That proved to be the difference in the game as Lions starter Pan “Du Du” Wei-luen pitched six strong innings of one-run ball (the run being unearned) on two hits, before turning to his stingy bullpen, which retired all but one of the last nine Elephant hitters to preserve the win.
Monkeys 3, Bulls 1
The Lamigo Monkeys won their contest against the Sinon Bulls at home 3-1 at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night to close out the regular season on a high note.
Kuo Sho-wei’s bases-loaded walk off Sinon reliever Luo Cheng-long capped a three-run fourth that broke open a scoreless tie.
The three-run cushion proved sufficient for starter Mike Loree, who held the Bulls to a lone hit over five innings to pick the win, with the Lamigo bullpen delivering four innings of one-run relief, despite allowing runners on base in each of the final four innings.