Huang Yi-cheng tossed six innings of one-run ball, while Lin Hung-yu backed him up with a pair of RBIs on a three-for-four night as the Lamigo Monkeys held off a seventh-inning rally by the EDA Rhinos to escape with a 5-3 home win at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night.
The victory not only secured the Monkeys a winning mark in the weekend series at home, but also extended their win streak to a season-high four straight.
It was the second straight win that the sophomore lefty Huang picked up, following his stellar effort in his previous start in which he also allowed a lone run over eight strong frames to guide his team past the opposition.
Equally impressive at the plate was Lin who drilled an offering from Rhinos starter Esmerling Vasquez over the left-center wall for his league-best third homer of the season to put his team ahead 3-1 at the point.
A pair of quick runs off Vasquez in the bottom of the first gave the Primates an early advantage, thanks to Lin’s clutch RBI single and Lan Yen-luen’s sacrifice fly.
After the Rhinos managed to get one of the two runs back with a run of the their own in the top of the fourth on the strength of Lin Wei-ting’s two-out single that scored the runner from second, Lin Hung-yu promptly made it a two-run game again with his long ball in the fifth.
After another run by the Monkeys that made it 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Rhinos were able to plate two off Lamigo reliever Huang Wei-cheng by cashing in on a fielding error by shortstop Chen Yen-fong that made it 4-3.
That was as close as they got as the Monkeys tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth and went on to win by two.
Taking the loss was Vasquez, who fell to 1-1 for the season with three allowed runs on eight hits over five innings of work.
Elephants 10, Lions 9 — 10 inns
Chen Chiang-ho’s one-out single with runner on second scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the 10th and the Chinatrust Brother Elephants went on to defeat the Uni-President Lions in a 10-9 slugfest at the Taipei Tianmu Baseball Stadium last night to end a five-game losing skid.
Trailing 9-6 at the bottom of the seventh, Pan “TAKE” Wu-hsiung’s three-run homer off Elephant reliever Guan Da-yuan tied the game at 9-9. However, it proved inconsequential as the Elephants mustered the decisive run off Lions closer Kuo Hung-chih three innings later to pocket the victory.