New Taipei City picked up win number three on the third day of play in the 2012 Cross-Strait Baseball Challenge, trouncing cross-town rival Taipower 8-1 at the Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City yesterday afternoon to earn a showdown against Taipei City in this afternoon’s semi-final contest.
Starter Huang Cheng-cheng tossed a four-hit gem over seven strong innings to keep the potent Taipower offense at bay before turning to his able bullpen to close out the deal in grand fashion.
Taiwan Cooperative Bank 5, Taipei City 0
Taiwan Cooperative Bank also took care of business in their showdown against Taipei City in their battle for the first-place finish in Group A play with a convincing 5-0 win over the hosts in Tianmu yesterday.
Reliever Lin Yen-chen was credited with the win for his three innings of scoreless relief despite giving up several hits in the process, as he managed to pitch out of trouble with the help of his stellar defense.
At the plate for the Bankers, Lin Chia-yo’s spectacular 4-for-5 effort led the way as they roughed up Taipei City starter Lee Jung-chi with five runs over the first three innings to pave the way to victory.
Yesterday’s other scores:
‧ Tianjin Lions 7,
Guangdong Leopards 5
‧ Jiangsu Hopestars 2,
Sichuan Dragons 1