Last-placed Chii Lih Coral of Taitung pulled off a major upset in Popcorn League action yesterday afternoon by crushing top-ranked Taiwan Cooperative Bank 7-1 at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.
Having dropped two straight against the Bankers in their weekend series, Chii Lih Coral made sure they would not be swept by the league-leaders as they teed off against Banker starter Tseng Chun-yen with six runs in each of the first frames to take a 6-1 lead.
Tseng, who won two in a row before being chased after just 1-1/3 innings, may have been rattled by a defensive error that led to a pair of unearned runs in a three-run first as he served up two more runs in what ended up being a three-run second and his shortest outing of the season so far.
Photo courtesy of the CTBA
Offensively for the victorious Chii Lih Coral, Lin Chu’s three-hit effort led a lineup that rang up a dozen hits off the Bankers pitching to surprise the league-leaders.
Picking up his first win of the season was Chii Lih Coral reliever Wang Chun-hao, who entered in the fourth for starter Chuan Chi and held his ground by tossing a scoreless fourth and fifth before the three other hurlers combined for four innings of superb relief to deny the Bankers a comeback.
TRAINING CENTER 11, FALCONS 1
National Sports Training Center multiplied a 1-0 lead by 10 runs in the fourth and fifth to defeat the Topco Scientific Falcons at the Taichung Municipal Baseball Stadium yesterday afternoon and take the weekend set 2-1.
Chiou Hao-chun turned in one of his best efforts of the season by tossing one-run ball on four hits over seven innings to lead the Trainers past the Falcons.
Other than the solo homer he gave up to Falcons slugger Brahiam Maldonado, the righty out of Taipei’s Chinese Culture University was on superb form, scattering three singles and fanning five.
Leading the way at the plate on an 18-hit day for National Sports Training Center were Dionys Cesar and Lin Ming-chieh, who collected four hits apiece with three combined RBIs.
TAIPOWER 9, VEETIME 5
Taipower broke a one-all tie open in a four-run sixth to lead 9-2 in the ninth before holding on to top Veetime at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last night to sweep the three-game road series.
Olivier Giroud’s bicycle-kick on Tuesday broke Atletico Madrid’s resistance and earned Chelsea a crucial away goal, a 1-0 victory giving Thomas Tuchel’s side a slender advantage in the UEFA Champions League last 16. Giroud’s acrobatic strike was initially ruled out for offside, but stood after the video assistant referee showed that Mario Hermoso had the final touch, delivering a huge blow to Atletico’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals. Diego Simeone’s side had put on a typically disciplined defensive performance until that point, but Giroud’s moment of genius means that they must score in London on March 17 if they are to avoid
Tiger Woods has had surgery for multiple fractures of his right leg after a car accident that a Los Angeles police officer said he was “very fortunate” to have survived. The golfer was “awake and responsive” after the operation to insert a rod into his tibia and stabilize his ankle with pins, his TGR foundation said on Tuesday night. Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff Carlos Gonzalez, the first to respond after Woods’ car went off the road in a single-vehicle accident, said that the sports star was “calm and lucid,” despite being trapped inside his vehicle. Woods was removed from the crash by
‘INTIMIDATING’: Andy Murray said that players on the ATP Tour face a difficult challenge going from semi-finals to facing 17-time Grand Slam winners in a final Naomi Osaka’s Australian Open championship moved her up one spot to No. 2 in the WTA rankings on Monday, while men’s finalist Daniil Medvedev rose to a career-best No. 3 behind winner Novak Djokovic on the ATP list as Andy Murray said that the “young guns” on the men’s tour have not closed the gap on the “Big Three.” Jennifer Brady, the 25-year-old American who was the runner-up to Osaka, jumped 11 spots to No. 13, her first time inside the top 20. Aslan Karatsev’s historic run from qualifying to the final four before losing to nine-time Australian Open champion Djokovic allowed
‘ESCAPE FROM JUSTICE’: A US gymnast who trained under Geddert for more than 10 years and was assaulted by Larry Nassar called his suicide ‘an admission of guilt’ A former US Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar on Thursday killed himself, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and then abusing them. John Geddert faced 24 charges that could have carried years in prison had he been convicted. He was supposed to appear in an Eaton County court, near Lansing, Michigan, but his body was found at a rest area along Interstate 96, state police said. “This is a tragic end to a tragic story for everyone involved,” Michigan Attorney General Dana