The Uni-President Lions split their day-night doubleheader against the EDA Rhinos at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium yesterday, taking the day game 4-1 before losing the nighttime contest 6-5.
Nelson Figueroa tossed a game of one-run ball over eight innings, despite giving up 11 hits to win his sixth game of the season in the day game, which resumed in the fifth inning after Friday night’s rain-shortened contest.
Other than a fourth-inning run that the former major league player allowed over three base hits, Figueroa was able to keep the scoring gate tightly shut with some clutch outs and three double plays turned by the Lions defense.
Offensively for the victors, Deng Chih-wei and Kuo Dai-chi drove in a run each with two hits apiece to lead the Cats to a resounding win that kept them in stride with the top-ranked Chinatrust Brothers.
Charged with the loss was Rhinos starter Freddy Garcia, who allowed a pair of quick runs in the opening frame and never got a chance to get even as his night was called short by the rain on Friday.
In the night game, Hu Chin-lung’s solo home run off Lions reliever Kao Chien-san in the top of the 10th inning gave the Rhinos a 6-5 lead, before Luo Chia-ren pitched a perfect inning to preserve the victory.
Also starring for the Rhinos was Kao Guo-hui, whose two-run blast in the top of the seventh awoke a dormant Rhinos offense that lay idle for six frames before erupting for six runs over the final four innings.
Luo was credited with the win for his two innings of scoreless relief while the loss was charged to Kao for serving up Hu’s game-winner.
MONKEYS 1, BROTHERS 6
Chou Si-chi’s three-run double capped a six-run eighth as the Chinatrust Brothers broke a scoreless tie wide open late in the game en route to crushing the Lamigo Monkeys at the Taipei Tianmu Baseball Stadium last night.
Chang Cheng-wei led off the fateful eighth with a rare triple off Monkeys reliever Chen Yu-hsun and scored on Chang Chih-hao’s sacrifice fly on the ensuing play to put the Brothers ahead.
That paved the way for a pair of singles that set up Chen Tzu-hao’s two-run base hit off Chen Yu-hsun’s successor, Huang Wei-sheng, as the Brothers teed off against the Monkeys pitching in what ended up being a big-scoring inning.
Down by six, the Primates managed to score a run in the top of the ninth to avoid a shutout.
However, that was not enough to stop Brothers starter Chen Hung-wen from picking up the win, which improved his season mark to 6-6.
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