Monkeys Win the Taiwan Championship

They lost the second game to the Chinatrust Brothers to even the series at 1-1, but they won the last three, including the fifth game 20-3 to win a third consecutive CPBL championship. A nine run first inning, eight of them off Brothers starter Elih Villanueva, who could retire only two batters, put the game out of reach early. The Lamiga Monkeys starting pitcher Michael Nix went six innings to get the win.

The Monkeys have now won seven championships, six of them since 2012. Only the Uni-President Lions with nine have won more. Rakuten has recently bought the LaMiga Monkeys and their name could change to the Rakuten Eagles, similar to their Japanese team name, or a more unique Rakuten Monkeys.

Lin Li was named MVP of the Series for his .520 batting average and three homeruns and 11 RBIs in five games. He had two homeruns in the final game, a three run blast in the first and a solo shot later in the game. Shih-Hao Liu powered a grand slam homerun in the first inning to up the score to 6-0. Li closed out the scoring with his three run shot. Cheng-Fei Lin and Chun-Hsui Chen also went deep for the Monkeys.

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