The Brother Elephants avenged their 8-0 shutout loss to the EDA Rhinos on Saturday night with a 12-1 victory against the first-half champs at the Cheng Ching Lake Baseball Stadium in Kaohsiung last night to nip a recent three-game slide.
Starter Lin “Little Chick” En-yu tossed 5-2/3 innings of four-hit ball to lead the way for the Elephants who finally found their hitting touch with 18 on the night to vent some of their frustration after having been held to a lone run over their past three contests.
Chou Si-chi and Huang Shih-hao both set new season-highs with four hits apiece for the men in yellow who moved to a tie with the Lamigo Monkeys for second place in the standings after the win.
Four quick runs off Rhino starter Lin Ying-jeh set the tone early in the game as the Elephants chased him just one out into the opening frame to leave a home crowd of nearly 9,000 in disbelief.
Even though Lin’s successor Chang Keng-hao fared slightly better in the next two innings, that did not stop the Elephants from ringing up four runs on seven hits off the EDA reliever who left after two outs in the sixth in a mediocre outing.
The 8-0 advantage was increased when the Elephants mustered another four-run offensive, this time in the top of the eighth against normally-reliable reliever Shen Yu-jeh. He served up four more runs in the inning to turn the embarrassing loss into a total humiliation.
The only bright spot for the home Rhinos finally came in the bottom of the eighth. This was when they managed to cross the plate for the first time on the night on the merits of a pair of walks and a wild pitch to set up Lin Wei-en’s sacrifice fly that scored the runner from third to avoid the shutout.
The Little Chick was credited with his eighth win of the year to beat his counterpart and former Makoto Cobras teammate Lin Ying-jeh, who fell to 6-5 for the season.