I attended the game today in Pasadena at Jackie Robinson Field - near the Rose Bowl. Chinese Taipei and Pasadena played a 9 inning affair, with Chinese Taipei triumphing 9 - 2. Lo Kuo Hui had a disappointing game compared to yesterday's offensive outburst (see earlier blog posting). In his 4 AB's he had 1) a flyout - sac fly scoring a runner from third 2) struck out looking - he was facing a 6'6 kid from Rancho Cucamonga who was clocked in the low 90's today. From what I was told, the tall pitcher playing for Pasadena had about 25 scouts in the stands with their radar guns zoned in on his fastball. I was informed that his best fastball maxed out at around 95 mph. 3) walked and scored a run 4) popped out to shallow right field.
I found out from the Pasadena score keeper and Mr. Chuck Poehler - who sponsors/owns the Redbirds that the Redbirds are made up of ex-professional baseball players - many of whom have played in the minors as well as aspiring baseball players from high school. Actually today, Chinese Taipei got an opportunity to face Steve Rain, and ex-MLB player with the Chicago Cubs (1999-00) for a few innings in the middle of the game. The highlight of my day was when I got the opportunity to meet Mr. Rod Dedeaux, the legendary USC head baseball coach. I got the chance to ask Mr. Dedeaux on his opinion of the Chinese Taipei team and players. He thought that there were quite a few outstanding players on the CT team in addition to Lo Kuo Hui. Mr. Dedeaux pointed out #11 Ying Chieg Liao, an OF - LF, and #21 Ko-Chien Lin, the SS for CT as 2 kids who caught his eye. Many thanks to the Pasadena Redbirds scorekeeper - sorry I forgot your name, Mr. Chuck Poehler, and Mr. Rod Dedeaux for their input and time!!!
If you are still interested in catching the Chinese Taipei national team in their exhibition tour of Southern Cal, there are still a few games to be played this week. I am only aware of 2 of the game times. They are 1) a 10:00 am game at Dodger Stadium this Wednesday 8/3/05 against a team unbeknownst to me 2) the closing game of the US/So Cal tour at USC's Dedeaux field on Friday 8/5/05 at 3:00 pm against the Area Code Team - which should make for a very competitive game.