Huang Hao-ran’s timely double scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh and Chan Chih-yao followed with an RBI-groundout on the ensuing play as the Lamigo Monkeys went on to defeat the Uni-President Lions 3-1 at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night to take the weekend series at home.
After Friday night’s 9-8 comeback victory against the Lions on a pair of runs off ace closer Kuo Hung-chih in the bottom of the ninth, the Monkeys made sure there would be no late-game drama in last night’s contest as starter Wang Yi-cheng calmly retired the side in order in the eighth after his offense grabbed the lead, before closer Miguel Mejia followed with a perfect ninth to preserve the win for Wang.
Chen Yen-fong’s one-out double off Lions starter Wang Ching-ming with a runner on second gave the Primates a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.
That was all the runs that either team would plate over the next 3-1/2 innings, as Wang Yi-cheng and Wang Ching-ming made it a pitchers’ duel by holding their ground with several clutch outs against the opposing lineups.
The Lions finally broke through in the top of the sixth when Liu Fu-hao led off the inning with a double and scored two batters later on Kuo Dai-chi’s RBI-groundout that made it 1-1, setting the stage for Huang’s seventh-inning heroics.
Picking up his first win of the season was Wang Yi-cheng, who tossed eight innings of one-run ball on six hits to outshine his counterpart, Wang Ching-ming, while Chiou Tzu-kai was tagged with the loss for allowing the game-winner in the fateful seventh.
Elephants 1, Rhinos 2 (12th)
Chen Kai-luen’s walk-off single off Roman Colon with the bases loaded scored the game-winner in the bottom of the twelfth as the EDA Rhinos needed every one of the twelve innings allowed to edge past the Chinatrust Brother Elephants 2-1 at the Taipei Tianmu Baseball Stadium last night to even the weekend series between the two clubs at 1-1.
The win avoided what would have been a tough result for the Rhinos, who blew a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth when an ill-advised throw to first by shortstop Lin Wei-ting on a double play attempt that went sour scored the Elephants runner from third to tie the game at 1-1.