The Lamigo Monkeys took two out of three in the weekend series, finishing up by thrashing the Uni-President Lions 8-2 in yesterday’s Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) contest at Taoyuan International Stadium.
It was a vital win to open up a two-game gap between the two front-runners in the race for the first-half season title, as the Lions had been in hot pursuit over the past few weeks.
The core of the Lamigo lineup — designated hitter Liao Chien-fu as third at bat and first baseman Chen Chun-hsiu as the cleanup batter — accounted for virtually all of the team’s runs in yesterday’s game.
Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times
Liao had three hits and three RBIs, while Chen went 5-for-5 to drive in four RBIs, including a home run. The two drove in seven of Lamigo’s eight runs.
Lamigo’s American starter Zeke Spruill pocketed his second win of the season, improving his ERA to 2.77.
Through seven innings, Spruill gave up only one run on eight hits, allowed three walks and threw six strikeouts.
In a Taoyuan homestand on Friday, the Lions seized a 5-2 victory, then the Lamigo Monkeys came back in a tight affair on Saturday to prevail 10-9.
After the weekend results, the Lamigo Monkeys are still in front with the league’s best record of 32 wins and 18 losses, while the Lions are two games behind with 30 wins and 20 losses.
The other two teams, the Fubon Guardians and the Brothers Baseball Club are far back in the standings at 10 games and 16 games off the pace respectively. They are out of contention for the first-half season title, which is to be decided at the end of this month.
After completing makeup games from earlier postponements, all four teams are to take a mid-term break to compete in the CPBL All-Star weekend at Taipei Tianmu Stadium on July 7 and 8.
In the other game yesterday, the Brothers salvaged the weekend series with a 3-1 win over the hosting Fubon Guardians at Sinjhuang Stadium in New Taipei City.
Fubon had grabbed two earlier wins in the series and triumphed on Friday 8-3 before doubling up on the Brothers 4-2 on Saturday.
It was American starter Mitch Lively who carried the Brothers in yesterday’s encounter.
Lively scattered seven hits, struck out seven against the Guardians lineup and only yielded one run going into the seventh inning.
Two relievers came in to preserve the victory, as Lively improved his record to 3-3 and received the Most Valuable Player award.
The Brothers sparingly used pitcher Chen Po-hao, who recorded his first save of the season when he came in the final two frames as the relief.
Outfielder Chen Tzu-hao had a big day for the Brothers, collecting two RBIs on three hits, including a solo homer.
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is buying the Forum for US$400 million, ending the billionaire’s legal fight with Madison Square Garden Co (MSG) and clearing the way to build a new arena for his NBA team down the street in Inglewood, California. Ballmer on Tuesday announced his cash purchase of the venerated arena. Ballmer, a former Microsoft executive, and Clippers vice chairman Dennis Wong are making the transaction through CAPSS LLC, a newly formed entity that would continue to operate the Forum as a live music venue. “This is an unprecedented time, but we believe in our collective future,” Ballmer said.
DISSENT: The US track and field body joined sports officials in Norway and Brazil, as well as Indian athletes, in calling on the IOC to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 organizers have started drafting possible alternatives to holding the Olympics this summer, two sources familiar with the talks said, in contrast to the Japanese government’s stance that postponement is not an option. While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted sports events around the world, Japan has been steadfast in saying that the Games would go on. A Japanese government spokesman on Wednesday said that Tokyo was not preparing for postponement. “Finally, we have been asked to make a simulation in case of a postponement,” said one of the sources, an official close to the organizing committee who is involved in drafting the
EXPENDITURE: Tokyo Games organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said that ‘additional expenses are going to be quite massive’ to reschedule the Olympics The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is working with sports bodies to arrange a July-to-August window next year for the postponed Tokyo Olympics and hopes to confirm the schedule within a month, Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reported yesterday. John Coates, head of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics, told the newspaper that the Games would have to be held between the tennis Grand Slams of Wimbledon, scheduled to end in mid-July, and the US Open, which starts in late August. “We want to more or less finalize the dates in four weeks’ time,” the newspaper quoted Coates as saying. Coates, who is also
PROUD, BUT BOWING OUT: The Dallas center missed all of 2018 due to Guillain-Barre syndrome, but Travis Frederick returned to be a standout again last season Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick on Monday stunningly announced his retirement. Frederick, who turned 29 on Wednesday last week, was a Pro Bowl selection in five of his six NFL seasons. Frederick revealed his retirement in a lengthy letter, beginning it by writing: “After much consideration, discussion, and reflection, I have decided to retire from football. This was not an easy decision.” Frederick cited his bout with autoimmune disease Guillain-Barre syndrome as a factor. He missed the 2018 season due to the illness in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system, but he returned to be a standout again last