The Uni-President Lions and the EDA Rhinos played to a 1-all draw in six innings at the Cheng Ching Lake Baseball Stadium in Greater Kaohsiung last night after a steady downpour forced officials to cut the game short.
With six innings already in the books, the Lions opened the top of the seventh with a quick out against Rhino reliever Esmerling Vasquez.
That was when the heavy rain became too unbearable for the players to continue as the umpire stopped the play in a rain delay.
After thirty minutes of stoppage with no signs of the rain easing up, the league officials received the nods from both managers to call it a draw.
Even though the game would end on a tie, it was definitely the Rhinos’ game to lose as they coughed up a slim 1-0 advantage in the top of the sixth, when Chen Yung-chee drove a two-out single up the middle off Rhino reliever Hsiao Yi-chieh with men on first and second to score the tying run for the Lions.
The run proved costly for the Rhinos as the rain ultimately cut the game short to take away what could have been a victory for them.
The showdown between a pair of former aces, Lin Ying-chieh of the Rhinos and Pan “Du Du” Wei-luen of the Lions, lived up to its hype.
Lin pitched five scoreless innings of four-hit ball.
Meanwhile, Pan allowed an unearned run on three hits over six frames, thanks to one of the three errors by the Lion defense that led to an unearned run for the Rhinos in the bottom of the third.
The Lions also outhit the Rhinos 6-3 in a game in which they batted one-for-four with runners in scoring position to strand a total of five.
The tie marked the conclusion of the first half of play for the Lions as they get set for the second half starting on Tuesday.
As for the Rhinos, their first-half finale will come in a contest against the Chinatrust Brothers at the Taipei Tianmu Baseball Stadium this afternoon.
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