Monday, September 12, 2005

No playoffs for Taiwan.....

Taiwan missed out on the quarterfinals with an 11-4 loss to Nicaragua. The loss demonstrated Taiwan's biggest weakness - quality pitching.

Chi-Hung Cheng started the game for Taiwan and couldn't even get out of the first inning. He gave up 5 consecutive base hits and 5 earned runs, before being yanked. The relief pitchers didn't fare much better.

Taiwan's hitters continued their torrid hitting pace:

Yung-Chi Chen was 3-5 with a RBI and a double
Ching-Lung Hu went 1-4 with a BB and a double
Kuo-Hui Lo was 2-4 with a triple
Chun-Yu Kuo hit his 4th HR of the tourney and was 2-4 with 2 RBI's, including the roundtripper

Taiwan will be playing the final matchup of preliminary play against the US. The original matchup between the US and Taiwan was scheduled on 9-11-05. However due to the sensitivity of the date to the American ballplayers, the game was rescheduled for 9-13-05. You can follow the action live on this link.

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