The Uni-President Lions continued their recent surge with a 13-4 win over the Lamigo Monkeys at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium last night that extended their lead in the standings over the Primates to 1.5 games.
The showdown between the top two clubs in the league did not live up to its billing, as the home side dominated from the start, with a four-run second inning against Monkey starter Mike Loree on the strength of four singles and a pair of walks, while batting around the order.
The Primates got one run back in the top of the third when Huang Hao-ran led off the inning with a single off Lion starter Pan “Du Du” Wei-lung. They then scored two batters later on Kuo Yen-wen’s sacrifice fly, but the Lions piled on five runs over the next two innings that knocked off Loree in the third and Hsieh Chang-long in the fourth.
Kuo’s three-run blast at the top of the fifth off Du Du cut the deficit to five, but the Cats plated three runs of their own an inning later.
By the time the dust from all the Lions’ ball-smashing and base path-thrashing had settled, they had racked up 21 hits to claim their fourth straight win.
Picking up the win for the Lions was Du Du, who improved to 6-9 for the season with four allowed runs on eight hits in five innings. The loss was charged to Loree, who was relieved after 2-1/3 innings of play.
RHINOS 8, ELEPHANTS 0
Lin Chen-hua became the league’s first 15 game-winner last night leading the EDA Rhinos past the Brother Elephants at the Cheng Ching Lake Baseball Stadium in Greater Kaohsiung.
The sophomore — who exceeded all expectations by winning 10 games in the first half before stumbling a slump that saw him drop three straight in July — was well on top of his game yesterday, holding the Elephants to six hits in as many scoreless innings.
That gave the Rhinos’ offense plenty of opportunity to tee off against an Elephant pitching side that served up 14 hits.