Scoring early and often, the EDA Rhinos erupted for a season-high 17 runs to utterly demolish the Uni-President Lions in a 17-2 final at the Pingtung County Baseball Stadium last night to clinch the weekend series in southern Taiwan by a 2-1 margin.
Other than a scoreless fourth, sixth and ninth, the Rhinos were all over the Lions’ pitching, notching up a record-high 24 hits off five different Lions hurlers to blow the game wide open long before the final out.
All nine of the Rhinos starting lineup had multi-hit games, with Lin Yi-chuan’s four-hit effort — including a pair of RBIs — leading the way.
The lefty slugger out of Greater Tainan’s Nan Ying Vocational High School was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle with a single, two doubles and a triple.
Also starring for the Rhinos were Lin Tsong-nan and Lin Wei-ting, whose eight combined RBIs (five and three respectively) accounted for nearly half of their team’s total run production.
Cheng Jau-han’s two-out single off Lions starter Lin Chia-wei with the bases loaded sparked a three-hit string that tripled a seemingly manageable 2-0 lead into a 6-0 cushion in the top of the first inning for the EDA Rhinos.
Spotted with a six-run first and a four-run second, Rhinos starter Hsiao Yi-chieh was well on top of his game by blanking the Lions offense through the third before giving up his lone run in the fourth. He lasted through the sixth without allowing another run to win his fourth of the season.
Taking the loss for the Lions was starter Lin Chia-wei, who was charged with 10 runs on as many hits (seven earned) in 1-2/3 innings to fall to 0-1 for the year.
Monkeys 9, Elephants 6
The Lamigo Monkeys won for the third time in as many games to sweep their weekend series against the Chinatrust Brother Elephants at the Hualien County Baseball Stadium last night by topping the men in the golden uniforms.
The defeat by the free-falling Elephants extended their losing skid to six straight and counting, with no signs of improvement being showed.
Even though the Elephants’ offense finally broke out of a 10-inning scoring drought by plating six runs in the game, it was still not enough to translate into a “W” for them as their generous pitching served up eight runs through the fourth to fall behind by six runs.
Monkeys starter Hsu Ming-chieh followed his complete-game shutout outing last weekend with five solid innings of four-run ball (two earned) to put himself in a good position to win his third of the year.
Tagged with the loss was Hsu’s counterpart, Lin Yu-ching, who dropped to 2-5 for the year after allowing eight runs on 11 hits over 3-2/3 innings of play.