Uni President Lions Stay Alive with Win Over Heat

It took ten innings, but the Uni-President Lions were able to down the stubborn Perth Heat 3-2 in ten innings last night.  A 2-out triple by Tai-Shan Chang proved to be the game winner in the top of the tenth to score Wu-Hsiang Pan, who had singled to give the Lions the victory.  They still have hope to advance to the final with a win over the Samsung Lions in Taipei.

Both starters pitched well to begin the game, throwing shutout ball through the first four innings.  Perth starter Ben Moore deserved a better fate.  In the fifth Chun-Yo Kuo drove one to left field that Brenden Webb overran.  He jumped for the ball in foul territory, but the ball landed to his left in fair territory.  After Chung-Hsun Tu fouled two balls foul just outside the right and left field lines, he drove one over the left fielder Webb’s head for a double to score the first run.  An error by third baseman Alex Burg on a slow grounder that slipped under his glove extended the inning and allowed the second run to be scored on a sacrifice fly.  Moore worked eight innings, striking out six and giving up seven hits.

Dan Reichert was masterful for seven plus innings, though the Heat were not too found of the strike zone of the home plate umpire.  He finally tired in the eighth when the Heat scored two runs against him.  He limited the Heat to just four hits, striking out seven.

Game Notes: Myworld did not attend this second game. We watched the first six innings from our hotel room on television, then had zonked out before the game ended.  There was a drizzle in the air just after the first game and when myworld saw some umbrellas up during the game we were glad we chose the comfort of our hotel room for the evening…For the next two days myworld will be enjoying the hospitality of Taichung.  We will not be going up to Taipei for the games there.  We will wait until Tuesday when they return to Taichung for the finals.

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