The resurgent Chinatrust Brothers racked up two wins in a row by sweeping the EDA Rhinos in their day-night doubleheader at the Taipei Tianmu Baseball Stadium yesterday to take the weekend series in Taipei.
Peng “Chia Chia” Cheng-min’s two-out single with runners at the corners broke a 2-2 deadlock in the bottom of the fifth for the Brothers as they held off the Rhinos to pick up their third win this month.
The Rhinos outhit the Brothers 9-6 in a game that they had plenty of chances to win.
Starter Cheng Kai-wen earned the win — which upped his season mark to a team-best 5-1 — with eight effective innings of two-run ball on eight hits. The former standout for the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League pitched into and out of trouble on several occasions to keep the Rhinos off the scoreboard.
Taking the loss for the Rhinos was starter Huang Sheng-hsiung, who also pitched well with seven strong innings of play, but fell victim to a pair of unearned runs that ultimately cost him the win.
In the night game in Tianmu, Chou Si-chi’s two-run homer off Rhinos starter Freddy Garcia in the bottom of the first set the tone early in the game as the Brothers went on to blank the Rhinos 4-0.
Starter Chen Hung-wen pocketed his first career complete-game shutout win by going the distance on just 92 pitches for skipper Hsieh Chang-hen to become the first Brothers hurler to accomplish the feat in more than a year. The fireballer from Hualien struck out five while walking none in his best outing of the year so far.
Outshone by Chen, Garcia suffered his third setback of the season as he dropped to a 1-3 mark on a night in which he served up four runs on 10 hits over six innings of work.
MONKEYS 2, LIONS 2
The top-ranked Lamigo Monkeys played out a draw over 12 innings at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium last night to drop to three the number of wins they require to ensure the first-half title.
Huang Hao-ran’s clutch single got the road Monkeys on the board in the top of the fifth, before the Lions answered with Kuo Chun-yo’s solo blast in the bottom of the same inning, which made it 1-1.
The Lions went ahead with a run in the bottom of the sixth, only to see the Primates tie it at 2-2 in the eighth when Chan Chih-yao led off the inning with a double and scored on Kuo Yen-wen’s single to right to send the game into extra innings.