Chuang Ching-heh’s single in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on third drove in the winning run as the Uni-President Lions twice overcame a multi-run deficit to defeat the Brother Elephants 8-7 at the Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium yesterday to take the weekend series by a 2-1 margin.
While Chuang might have won the game for the Cats, the real hero of the day, and perhaps the series, was Liu Fu-hao whose walk-off single broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 11th to win it for the Lions on Saturday night, before yesterday’s game-tying double that scored two runners and set up Chuang’s game-winner.
“It was definitely a big weekend for me,” Liu said after the game.
He celebrated the game-winner on Saturday night, the first of his career, with the game-tying hit to fend off the defending champs.
What should have been an easy win for the Elephants turned into a dogfight in the eighth as Kao Guo-ching went deep against Brother reliever Phillip Barzilla with two outs for a three-run blast to cap a four-run rally that erased a 5-1 lead for the Elephants.
Although the men in yellow scored twice in the top of the ninth on Chang Chih-hao’s RBI-double and Chou Si-chi’s solo home run to retake their second multi-run lead, the Lions had the last laugh.
“Chou’s homer should have driven in two runs for us,” Elephants skipper Chen Rei-chen said, as Chang was thrown out at third after he tried to stretch his RBI-double into a triple, taking a potential run off the board when Chou hit his home run.
The game between the Bulls and Monkeys was rained out.
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