Mon, Mar 23, 2015 - Page 20 News List

Loree leads Rhinos to 5-4 win over Lions

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

The Lamigo Monkeys’ Chen Chun-hsiu winds up before hitting a home run in the bottom half of the sixth inning of their game against the Chinatrust Brothers at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium yesterday.

Photo: Wang Min-wei, Taipei Times

Mike Loree pitched seven innings of shutout ball in a two-hit gem, Lin Wang-wei homered to drive in a pair of runs on a two-for-three night and the EDA Rhinos held off a ninth-inning rally by hosts the Uni-President Lions to escape with a 5-4 win at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium last night.

Mike Loree’s pitching was one of the most dominating efforts by a starter in a season opener in recent years, giving the US righty an auspicious start that was worthy of the game’s MVP honor.

Equally impressive was Lin, in his professional debut, who made a genius out of skipper Von Joshua for starting the slugger at centerfield to provide his club some much-needed offensive power after their dismal third-place finish in the regular season last year.

The road Rhinos needed little time solving Lion starter Pan “Du Du” Wei-lun, as they ripped a double and a single off the veteran right-hander for a pair of runs in the top of the second to take a 2-0 lead.

After a scoreless third, the visitors struck again on the strength of Lin’s two-run blast off Du Du that made it 4-0.

Even though Pan managed to navigate through the sixth without further damage, the seventh inning was not as kind to him as he served up EDA’s fifth run of the game on a clean double to Hu Chin-lung that scored the runner from second to give the Rhinos a seemingly safe 5-0 lead.

The seventh-inning run proved to be the difference in the game, with hosts the Cats finally breaking through with four runs off Rhino closer Luo Chia-ren, and actually had the tying run in scoring position before Luo struck out Liu Fu-hao to preserve the win.

Five different Rhino hitters had multi-hit games on the night, with Lin leading the way.

Picking up the win was Loree, while the loss was charged against Pan who allowed five runs (only three earned) on 10 hits over seven frames to lose his first start of the year.

BROTHERS 6, MONKEYS 14

The Lamigo Monkeys avenged their bitter loss to the Chinatrust Brothers in the season opener the night before by roughing up the men in the golden uniform in a 14-6 final at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium last night to split the weekend series against the Brothers with one win apiece.

Six runs by the hosts in the bottom of the first set the tone early in the contest, as the hitters on both teams had little trouble against the pitching.

By the time all was said and done, 20 runs had crossed the plate on 31 combined hits, four of which were homers.

Lin Po-yo was credited with the win for his five innings of one-run relief, while the loss went to Brother starter Cheng Chi-hung, who allowed six runs on four hits over just two-thirds of an inning’s work in a disappointing start.

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