The top-ranked EDA Rhinos bounced back from a tough loss to the Brother Elephants on Saturday with a convincing 6-1 triumph over their nemeses at the Sinjhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City last night to claim the weekend series.
Starter Lin Ying-jeh was at his best as he humbled the Elephants’ batters with 5-1/3 innings of shutout ball on three hits, before handing it over to the Rhinos bullpen, which was equally effective with 3-2/3 innings of one-run relief to keep the Elephants at bay.
Offensively for the victorious Rhinos the night belonged to outfielder Hu Chin-lung, who drove in three runs on a two-for-five outing, including a two-run shot off Elephants reliever Chiou Jung-weu in the bottom of the eighth.
Lin’s win was his fourth of the year as he upped his record to 4-1, a marked improvement on his combined 8-19 mark over the past two seasons with the former Sinon Bulls.
Taking the loss was Elephants starter Lin Yu-ching, who lasted two outs into the sixth inning before being pulled. He was charged with three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while fanning two and walking three.
LIONS 4, MONKEYS 2
The Uni-President Lions took advantage of a three-run third inning that was highlighted by Lin Chih-shiang’s two-run double and held off a relentless rally by the Lamigo Monkeys to come away with a 4-2 win at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium last night to win the weekend series by a 2-1 margin.
After the Cats took a 3-0 lead in the third, the visitors began their rally by ringing a run off Lions starter Lo Ching-lung in the top of the fourth when Hsieh Hsuan-ren led off the inning with a walk and scored two batters later on a Tseng Hao-jui’s RBI groundout.
The Monkeys tacked on another run in the fifth inning, before the Lions defense took over the game with several spectacular plays to keep the visitors off the bases.
Chen Yung-chi managed to keep the Monkeys from scoring the tying run by coming up with what looked like a run-scoring double down the third-base line by pinch-hitter Lin Cheng-yi in the top of the eighth.
That set up an insurance run for the Cats in the bottom of the same inning when Chang “OEO” Tai-shan knocked in a runner on third with a sacrifice fly to deep right.
Lo was credited with his fourth win of the year, allowing two runs on four hits over 7-2/3 innings of work to beat his counterpart Mike Loree, who also turned in a quality start with three earned runs on seven hits over as many innings in a losing effort.