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Japan Blanks Korea to Win Asian Championship

Monday, November 20th, 2017

In the first ever Asian championship from the three professional Asian Leagues featuring players 23 and under Japan continued their domination, blanking Korea 7-0 in the final and finishing undefeated in the three games. Kazuto Taguchi pitched seven innings of shutout ball, allowing just three hits to lead Japan to the victory. Tsuyoshi Ishizaki and Yasuaki Yamasaki each worked a perfect inning of shutout ball to complete the shutout. The attendance figure was listed at 30,498, a little less than the crowd that would attend Yomiuri Giants games, but a good crowd for this series.

The first two runs of the ball game were driven in by series MVP Shuta Tonosaki. He contributed RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings to give Japan an early 2-0 lead. Ryoma Nishikawa drove in two more runs in the fifth inning with a double.

Nishikawa also slammed a solo homerun in the seventh to finish the game with three RBIs. Hotaka Yamakawa drove in two runs with a single in the sixth inning.

Korea strung together back to back two out singles in the fifth inning to place two runners on base for the first and only time in the game. Min-Woo Park grounded out to end the threat. The Japanese pitchers retired the next 12 hitters to sweep through the series.

The MVP of the tourney was Shuta Tonosaki, who finished the series driving in four runs. The All Asian Series team was:

Catcher - Ju-Suk Ha (Korea), First Base - Yu-Hsien Chu (Taiwan), Second Base - Min-Woo Park (Korea), Third Base - Ryoma Nishikawa (Japan), Shortstop - Ha-Seong Kim (Korea), Outfield - Shuta Tonosaki (Japan), Go Matsumoto (Japan) and Po-Jung Wang (Taiwan), designated hitter - Kensuke Kondo (Japan), Pitcher - Kazuto Taguchi (Japan)

Japan Eliminates Taiwan from Asian Series

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

The championship of the Asia Series will see powerhouse Japan duke it out with Korea. This after they had clobbered Taiwan 8-2. Japan will have a rematch with Korea who they had beaten earlier this year 1-0.

Yota Kyoda led the Japanese offense with a two run single in the fifth and an RBI single in the eighth. Shuta Tonosaki got the scoring started for Japan with a solo shot in the second inning. He added an RBI double in the ninth to close out the scoring.

Shoto Imanaga went six innings to shut out Taiwan, giving up just three hits and striking out 12. Taiwan scored their first runs in the ninth inning after the game was pretty much decided. Yu-Hsien Chu started the inning with a solo homerun. Chieh-Hsien Chen was hit by a pitch to force in a run. With the bases loaded Pin-Chieh Chen grounded into a double play to end the game.

Asia Series Results

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

In the past the Asia Series would pit the champions of the NPB, CPBL and KBO against each other, adding an All Star team from China and then later on the champion of the ABL. The attendance for these games was lacking resulting in the abandonment of the sponsor and the ending of the series. This year Japan, Korea and Taiwan have renewed the Asian Series, but this time they are pitting All Star teams of 23 and under prospects against each other. Each team is allowed to play three players who fall above that age requirement. Japan usually dominates these events, but the games are always competitive.

Japan 8 Korea 7

Japan rallied for four runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to win the game 8-7. Seiji Uebayashi slugged a three run homer to tie the game and Tatsuhiro Tamura got the walk off double to give Japan the victory. In the top of the tenth Korea had scored three runs to break a 4-4 tie.

Korea scored four runs in the fourth inning. Ha-Seong Kim started the inning off with a solo homerun. Jung-Hoo Lee ended the scoring with a two run double. Japan rallied back with Hotaka Yamakawa slugging a two run homer in the sixth. In the ninth the Korean pitchers got a little wild, walking two and giving up a hit to load the bases. Yota Kyoda walked to force in the tying run to send the game into extra innings.

Korea got the fireworks started in the tenth with an RBI double from Ji-Hyuk Ryu and a two run double from Ju-Suk Ha, who had driven in a run earlier with a sacrifice fly in the four run fourth. After the Korean bullpen could not protect a one run lead in the ninth, they failed to protect a three run lead in the 10th. With two runners put on base for the extra inning rule Uebayashi slugged a one out 3-run homer to quickly tie the game. Ryoma Nishikawa singled and stole second. Tatsuhiro Tamura ended the game with a double.

Korea 1 Taiwan 0

It was a pitcher’s duel. Kuan-Yu Chen gave up only one run in his 5.2 innings of work. Gi-Yeong Im only allowed two hits in his seven innings of shutout ball. He struck out seven and walked three.

A two out walk and a triple from Jung-Hoo Lee in the sixth inning scored the only run of the game. Pill-Joon Jang got the last four outs, striking out three to seal off the victory for Korea.

If Japan beats Taiwan tomorrow Korea and Japan will play in the championship. If Taiwan wins the series will knot into a three way tie for first at 1-1. A tie breaker will identify the two teams to square off in the championship match.

Monkeys 2017 CPBL Champs

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Because they won both halves of the CPBL the La Miga Monkeys entered their series with the Brothers with a 1-0 game lead in the best of seven series. The Brothers created some controversy by establishing a roster missing some of their established stars. That proved genius when they beat the Uni-President Lions in a best of five playoff series in the first round of the playoffs.

It again proved genius after the Brothers won the first game of their series with the Monkeys 8-5 riding the pitching Bryan Woodall for seven innings to pick up the win. The 19,489 who attended the game broke a record for the Taiwan series.

The La Miga Monkeys put their hitting shoes on in the next two games rolling 14-5 and 19-3. The Brothers were a little more competitive in game four with Bryan Woodall again on the mound, losing 4-2. The Monkeys countered with Wang I-Cheng, who allowed just three hits and one run, a solo shot by Chang Chih-Hao in his six innings of work. Chang would hit a solo homerun later in the game to account for the only two Brothers runs.

Lin Hung-Yu hit a solo shot for the Monkeys in the second inning to give them an early 1-0 lead. For the Monkeys it is their fourth title in their last six years and their fifth title overall. For the Brothers it is their fourth consecutive series of being bridesmaids, losing to the Monkeys in three of those four years.

Brothers Down Lions Despite Depleted Roster

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

There was controversy when the Brothers club established their playoff roster without many of their star players. There was some discussion that those players left off the roster were not happy with the American style managing of Cory Snyder. Some reports state the conservative owner was upset with many married players out partying late at night with women who were not their wives. Whatever the reason, the Brothers won the series against the Lions without many of their starting players during the regular season.

They won the opener 9-6 with their Lions scoring four runs in the last inning to make the game close. Bryan Woodall worked six innings, allowing just one earned run to get the win. Poor defense by the Lions gave the Brothers the win

The Lions came back to win game two 8-5 to even the series. Yun-Chih Chen broke a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single.

The Brothers won the next two games to win the series, 4-3 and 11-7. Tzu-Hsien Chan blasted a two run homer in the fifth to put the Brothers up for good 4-3 in the third game. The bullpen quieted the Lions bats for the last four innings. Wu Hsiung Pan slugged two homeruns to drive in five to lead the Brothers to an 11-7 win and a trip to the championship match against the LaMiga Monkeys..

This is the fourth consecutive year the Brothers have been in the playoffs.

Cory Snyder in Middle of Playoff Controversy in Taiwan

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

The Brothers Baseball Club have set their playoff roster for their first round playoffs against the President Lions. Five of their top players are missing from their roster. It has been rumored that these five players were not happy with the more strict American style of management of Cory Snyder. The Brothers are spinning it, explaining they are looking for more speed and defense in the playoffs.

The winner of this first round will play the Lamiga Monkeys, who won both halves of the pennant race. If the Brothers advance there would be no reason to change the roster. If they do not advance there will be criticism of leaving five of their top players off their roster and the future of Snyder will be called into question. The names of those players are clean up hitter Lin Chih-Sheng, ex-Red Sox AA prospect Chiang Chih-Hsien, All Star outfielder Chang Cheng-Wei, seven time Gold Glove winner Wang Sheng-Wei and Cheng Ta-Hung.

The President Lions employed an American hitting coach Bill Springman but released him in the first half of the season after just three months. There were accusations that the communication was not good or that he was not a good fit for the players on the roster. It will be interesting to see if Snyder survives if the Brothers do not advance in the playoffs.

Taiwan Playoffs

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The baseball playoffs for the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) will begin October 20. The first round will see the Uni Lions take on the China Trust Brothers in a best of five series.

The winner of that playoff will face the LaMigo Monkeys on October 28. The Monkeys won both halves of the CPBL. Because of that they will be rewarded with a 1-0 lead over the winner of the first playoff in a best of seven series that will only be six games.

Japan Wins Asian Title

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

Japan beat Taiwan 6-1 to reclaim the Asia Baseball Championship, their 18th title. Korea secured the title in 2015. The third tiger Taiwan had to settle for a second place finish for the fourth consecutive tournament. Korea won the third place game over the Philippines 15-0.

With the wins Japan, Taiwan and Korea qualify for the Under 23 World Championships to be played in 2018. The Netherlands and Czech Republic are two other teams who have qualified. In late November the Pan American Confederation of Baseball Under 23 Championships will qualify five more countries. Those games will be played November 23 to December 3 in Panama City, Panama.

Taiwan had beaten Korea in pool play 3-2 while Japan cruised through their pool undefeated, beating Hong Kong 30-0 and Pakistan 13-1. China had to withdraw from the tournament dropping the number of teams in the pool to three.

Japan shutout out both Korea (3-0) and Taiwan (10-0) in the semi-final games but with only one loss Taiwan advanced to the championship while Korea, the defending champions had to settle for the third place game.

Twins Sign Two Foreign Pitchers

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The Minnesota Twins have become the first baseball team to go from a 100 loss season the previous year to making the playoffs the following year. They do this by signing players from not so traditional places. The Twins recently signed two pitchers, one from Taiwan and the other from the Netherlands that they hope will help them continue their playoff appearances.

From Taiwan the Twins signed Deng Kai Wei for a $580,000 bonus. The Twins have been active in Taiwan but of their four previous signings from Taiwan only one has made it to the major leagues, and he did that in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform. Chih-Wei Hu was signed in 2012 and was a success. Wang-Wei Lin (2006), Hung-Yi Chen (2010) and Kua-Hua Lo (2011) have failed to reach the major leagues.

The Twins also discovered in Canada at the 18 year old World Cup tournament Dutch pitcher Donny Breek. This has not been the first time the Twins have signed a pitcher out of the Netherlands. Loek Van Mil, Alexander Smit and Tom Stuifbergen were all signed out of the Netherlands but did not see any major league time. Donny Breek did not make the all tournament team but myworld identified him as a player to watch after his 1-1, 1.08 ERA in 16.2 innings where he limited the opposition to a .151 average.

Monkeys Break CPBL Win Record

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

With their 3-2 win over the Fubon Guardians the La Miga Monkeys broke a CPBL record for most wins in a season with 72. The previous record for a 120 game season was held by the Uni President Lions with 71 wins in 2012. With 12 games left in the season the Monkeys can continue to add on to the win record.

If the Monkeys can win both halves of the CPBL season they will clinch appearing in the championship series against the winner of the second and third place team. They will enter the series with a 1-0 lead in the series