Saturday, July 29, 2006

No Williamsport.......

For the second year in a row, Taiwan's quest for Williamsport will end in controversial fashion. Last year, despite having the same record as Japan and in fact having beat the Asian Little League representatives, Taiwan did not qualify. This year a championship game was supposed to help avoid what happened last year. Taiwan was supposed to play Japan today for a chance to go to Williamsport. Unfortunately mother nature did not cooperate and heavy rains forced a cancellation of the championship game. Despite appeals to play a make-up game on Sunday, Little League representatives decided to award Japan the trip to Williamsport. Story 1/Story 2
Good luck to Japan in Williamsport.

Amateur News:
Well, Taiwan ended up with a 1-4 record after losing today to Japan 5-1. The Japanese team was composed of players from their Industrial League. Again as Cor mentioned earlier, Taiwan was missing one of it's better hitters in Chih-Yao Chan. However, despite some clutch hitting by CF Chen-Yu Chung (2-4 with 1 RBI), Taiwan's pitchers could not hold down Japan's offense. Sung-Wei Tseng made an appearance in the game, pitching 1 inning, giving up 2 hits and 2 runs, without any K's. Chia-Chun Tang continued his impressive pitching streak by throwing 3 scoreless innings on only 1 hit. Ultimately, starter Chen-Chang Lee took the loss. Box/Play-by-Play
After a 1-11 start in the US and Holland, Taiwan has to hope for a better showing in the FISU World University Baseball Championships.

Major League News:
It appears that Tsao's surgically repaired shoulder is finally starting to come around. After a successful bullpen stint on Thursday and Friday, Tsao is now scheduled to throw live batting practice on Tuesday. Let's keep our fingers crossed for Tsao. Story

Lin was 1-1 with a pinch hit single in the 9th inning. Hanshin won 7-6. Box

Despite the nice press on Lo lately, Lo is currently on the losing end tonight. Lo started the game for Modesto, lasting 3.1 innings, giving up 8 hits, 6 runs - 5 earned, with 4 walks and 4 K's. If the score remains the same, Lo will take his 4th loss of the year. Box/Game Log

I missed this last night, but Keng was demoted back to Lansing from Dunedin. Although neither Cheng or Keng pitched tonight, both pitched last night. Read more here.

In the GCL, the Sox won 4-3. Chiang and Huang both got in the game, but as DH and 1B respectively. Both players were 1-4, while Huang committed his 3rd error of the season - you can't really fault the guy, after all he's been at 3B for the entire season. Box


Anonymous said...

Thats sad, I hope that the officials change their decision about this because it really isnt fair to the kids. I heard the Taiwanese kids were in tears on their way back to Taiwan because of that decision. Hopefully the little league officials will see the result of their actions and do the right thing by scheduling a championship game Taiwan/Japan and CNMI/Saipan.

Heres a recent story in a Taiwanese paper called "Taiwan protests decision against Little Leaguers" about the decision to give Japan the gold and the resistance to the decision. it could be a 3rd story since you already have 2

Anonymous said...

sorry, the link is to long and wouldnt fit. go here instead

TheTaiwaneseTerror said...

Thanks for sharing that link. I couldn't get either one to work, but I think the following link does work:

Little League will definitely NOT go out of it's way to help us out, not after all those years when we were beating the best that the US and world had to offer.

Anonymous said...

yeah, i know what you mean. for a second i thought that the little league just might want Taiwan out of the world series because the past victories. seeing that we kinda got screwed out of the series both this year and last year, it makes me wonder. after reading that article, its obvious how much the taiwanese people love baseball. hopefully the pressure of the press and people of Taiwan along with protesters from Guam will force them to change their mind. I hope theyll do the right thing, atleast for the kids.

Anonymous said...

and yea, thats the right link, sorry about that. you could use that as a 3rd story