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.
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.
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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