A pair of three-run scoring spurts set the foundation for National Sports Training Center as they topped the Topco Scientific Falcons 6-4 at the Taichung Municipal Baseball Stadium yesterday afternoon to avenge an embarrassing defeat against the Falcons on Friday afternoon.
Despite falling behind 0-1 in the top of the second, the home Trainers were able to connect for three runs off the Falcons pitching when Chen Yen-rue and Hsieh Chih-hung came up big with RBI swings to give their team a 3-1 lead.
Even though the Falcons would plate two runs in the top of the fourth when Wu Tung-rong and Chang Rei-lin singled off National Sports Training Center starter Chou Lei to tie the game at 3-3, the Trainers offense would top the act by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good.
Hired gun Brahiam Maldonad homered for the Falcons to bring his team to within two runs of the Trainers in the top of the seventh, but it was too little, too late as the Trainers held off the rest of the Falcons lineup to keep the 6-4 lead for good.
Picking up the win was Chou, while the loss was charged against his counterpart, Lin Wei-chih.
Taiwan Cooperative Bank 7, Chii Lih Coral 4 (10th)
Taiwan Cooperative Bank erupted for four runs in the top of the tenth and held off a late-game rally by Taitung’s Chii Lih Coral to escape in a 7-4 triumph at the Taitung County Baseball Stadium yesterday afternoon.
Kody Kirkland led the Banker attack with three runs and three hits on the day, including a solo home run, to give Chii Lih Coral more than they could handle.
In a very close game that featured three lead-changes, it was the Bankers who drew first blood when Kirkland singled off Chii Lih starter Wang Cheng-hao and scored on Cheng Chia-ming’s RBI single.
However, the home Coral would answer with two runs of their own off Bankers starter Jose Rosario in the bottom of the sixth to take their first lead of the game, before the Bankers tied it up at 2-all in the seventh on the merit of Chen Yu-ren’s pinch-hit single.
Chii Lih made it 3-2 with a run in the bottom of the eighth only to see the visitors tie it with Kirkland’s monstrous homer in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
VEETIME 4, TAIPOWER 5
Edward Rogers’ walk-off single with two outs and men on second and third scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth, as the Taipower rallied from one down in the eighth with two unanswered runs to beat Taichung’s Veetime 5-4 at the Taichung Municipal Baseball Stadium last night.
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