The Lamigo Monkeys blanked the Uni-President Lions in a 6-0 shutout at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium last night to win the lone game staged over a typhoon-hit weekend.
Starter Brian Burres picked up his second complete-game shutout of the season by going the distance for coach Hung Yi-chung, holding a potent Lions lineup to two hits two outs into the ninth before surrendering a double to Kuo Jung-yo, becoming just the third Lions runner to reach a scoring position.
However, the southpaw from Oregon was able to come back strong by getting the next hitter on a fly out up the middle with a great shoestring catch by centerfielder Tsan Chih-yao to keep the shutout intact. He tied a season-high in strikeouts with eight on the night, while walking two.
Offensively for the road Primates, Yeh Chu-hsuan’s bouncer to second off Lions starter Jon Leicester past a drawn-in Lions infield scored both runners from second and third, giving the visitors a quick 2-0 advantage in the top of the second.
After a scoreless third, the Monkeys offense went to work again against Leicester, this time with Chung “Yo Yo Man” Cheng-yo leading off the inning with a single and scoring two batters later on Yu Teh-lung’s liner up the middle that made it 3-0.
Lamigo managed to put runs on the scoreboard in each of the next three innings to build an insurmountable 6-0 cushion, running away with the impressive road win that evened their second-half record to 3-3.
As for the Lions, their sloppy fielding that led to a season-high five errors on the night, coupled with Burres’ stellar outing, made it virtually impossible to plate runs.
Leicester was charged with his fourth loss of the season, allowing five runs (only two earned) on eight hits over 5-2/3 innings of work. He is now 2-4.