Kuo Yen-wen drove in three runs with a towering blast to right in the third inning and Matt DeSalvo tossed seven innings of one-run ball as the Lamigo Monkeys easily handled the Sinon Bulls 6-1 at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium last night to sweep the weekend series.
It was the second straight game that the Monkeys infielder had knocked in three or more runs and the third in the past four, as Kuo continued his red-hot hitting to lead the Primates past their opponents for their fourth straight win.
Holding the Sinon hitters to a lone run on five hits over seven frames was the efficient DeSalvo, who needed only 89 pitches to turn in his sixth quality start in seven chances to give the American righty a 5-3 record for the year.
Photo: Liao Yau-tung, Taipei Times
The showdown between the league’s strikeout leader (DeSalvo) and the top pick from last June’s amateur draft, the Bulls’ Lin Chen-hua, was all Monkeys after a scoreless first and second, with the visitors jumping all over Lin in a four-run third, before tacking on a pair of insurance runs in the sixth to put the game away long before the final out.
Unlike their previous two contests in which the Bulls surrendered 17 hits apiece, last night’s match saw the pitching staff allow only a half-dozen hits to the Monkeys, but that did not stop them from plating six in a convincing rout.
Lin left with two outs in the sixth to pick up his fifth defeat of the year.
Elephants 4, Lions 0
Lin “Little Chick” En-yu made the most of his first start in more than two years with five innings of one-hit ball to lift the Brother Elephants over the Uni-President Lions in a 4-0 shutout at the Taipei Municipal Baseball Stadium in Tianmu last night.
“I’m back,” Lin claimed with authority after the game as he received the MVP honor from a league official.
He had been sidelined by injuries since returning from a somewhat disappointing stint in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball League in 2010, having started only two games for the Elephants in the past three seasons, before beating the Lions’ Hsu Yu-wei for his first win in nearly six years.
Equaling Lin’s effort was an awesome Elephants bullpen that combined for four scoreless innings of relief to keep the shutout intact, highlighted by closer Brad Thomas’ game-ending ground-out to second with two on the bases to preserve the victory for Lin.
Best offensively for the men in the familiar golden uniforms was Chou Si-chi, who went a team-high three-for-four with a pair of RBIs to account for half of his team’s total run production.
An influx of soccer players to India from Australia has highlighted changing fortunes as the Indian Super League (ISL) flourishes and the A-League hits lean times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just two Australians played in the Indian Super League last year, but 10 were among the 11 teams when the competition got under way in a bio-secure “bubble” in Goa last week. Non-Australian A-League players have also made the move, including English striker Adam Le Fondre — last season’s second-highest goal-scorer with Sydney FC — along with German defender Matti Steinman and Aaron Holloway of Wales. Much of the change is down to
‘YOU’RE CHAMPIONS’: Pope Francis told the NBA delegation that they had become models of teamwork, while remaining humble and preserving their own humanity Pope Francis on Monday met with NBA players at the Vatican, lauding them as “champions” and saying he supported their work on social justice. The five players — Marco Belinelli, Sterling Brown, Jonathan Isaac, Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver — were joined in the delegation by National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts and two other union executives, Sherrie Deans and Matteo Zuretti. “We’re here because, frankly, we’re inspired by the work that you do globally,” Roberts told the pope during the meeting in the Vatican Apostolic Library. The union said that the players spoke about their “individual and collective efforts addressing
‘ONE LAST APPLAUSE’: An homage of cheers resounded through Buenos Aires on Wednesday night, while earlier a contingent met at the Obelisk to remember their hero Stunned Argentines were on Wednesday plunged into grief by the death of the country’s favorite son Diego Maradona, a sublimely gifted sporting hero they saw as “the most human of gods.” The news fell like a hammer blow to a nation beaten down by months of economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, but one where soccer is seen as a panacea for all ills. At 10pm, Buenos Aires exploded in cheers, horns, sirens and lights for the man who famously wore the No. 10, after a viral social media message called for “one last applause.” The homage resounded throughout the night in all
Taiwan Steel on Sunday defeated Hang Yuan 3-1 to clinch the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) title with a match to spare after Taipower were held to a 1-1 draw by National University of Sport. The victory saw Tainan achieve the rare achievement of being “double champions” after the Uni-President Lions baseball team won the CPBL championship earlier this month against the CTBC Brothers. Turks and Caicos striker Marc Fenelus powered a header into the top corner to give the league leaders an early lead over Hang Yuan in New Taipei City. Just before the hour mark, Hang Yuan defender Hsu Yi fouled