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.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on