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Lamigo Monkeys rough up EDA Rhinos 13-5, as Lions demolish Brothers 12-5

By Paul Huang  /  Contributing reporter

The Lamigo Monkeys’ Huang Hao-jan tags out the EDA Rhinos’ Chang Yung-han in the second inning of their game in Kaohsiung yesterday.

Photo: Chang Chung-yi, Taipei Times

The red-hot Lamigo Monkeys erupted for 15 hits to rough up the EDA Rhinos in a 13-5 road victory at the Cheng Ching Lake Baseball Stadium in Kaohsiung last night for their second triumph in as many days, forcing a tie with the Rhinos for the lead in the standings.

The visitors had another big day at the plate following their 8-3 win over the Rhinos on Friday in which they belted an even dozen hits off the EDA pitching, scoring early and often against Huang Sheng-hsiung to chase the Rhinos starter in less than three innings.

Lin “Chubby Kid” Hung-yu’s double after Chung “Yoyo Man” Cheng-yo’s two-out walk gave the Primates an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the first before the visitors tacked on two more in the top of the third to make it 3-0.

Reliever Fan Yu-yu kept the damage in the third to a reasonable two runs to earn himself another inning of work, only to serve up four runs in what ended up being a seven-run fourth that blew the game wide open.

With his offense spotting him a double-digit lead through the fourth, Monkeys starter Jared Lansford took a 12-0 shutout through the seventh before being pulled in his fifth win of the season. Even though he allowed seven hits, none of them brought any runs before the Rhinos finally broke through for five meaningless runs in the ninth to break up the shutout bid.

Aside from Chubby Kid’s three-hit outing, slugger Chen Chun-shiu also had a monstrous night at the plate, going three-for-four with four RBIs to bring his RBI total to 23 for the season.

LIONS 12, BROTHERS 5

In Taipei, the struggling Chinatrust Brothers proved no match for the Uni-President Lions at the Tianmu Baseball Stadium last night in the Brothers’ third straight defeat.

Despite what the final score might suggest, the Brothers drew first blood in the bottom of the first, when Jaime Pedroza led off the game with a walk off Lions starter Chiang Chen-yen and scored two batters later on Chou Si-chi’s clean double down the third-base line.

The 1-0 lead for Chinatrust was short-lived, as the Cats answered with two runs of their own in the top of the second, when Kao Chih-kang and Lin Chih-hsiang hooked up for a pair of RBI singles off Chinatrust starter Chen Kai-wen to put their team ahead 2-1.

After the Brothers tied the game at 2-all in the bottom of the second, it was all Lions, with the visitors quickly taking a 3-2 advantage on the merit of Mai Chia-yi’s run-scoring single before a three-run sixth put them beyond reach.

Picking up the win was Chiang, who improved to 2-0 for the season with two allowed runs on five hits over six effective innings to beat his counterpart Cheng, who has cooled off after starting off the season with four wins in a row to fall to a 4-3 mark for the year.

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