Hu and Chen started for the World Team in the 2006 edition of the Futures Game today. Manning the middle infield spots at SS and 2B, the duo showed that the future of Taiwanese baseball is in good hands. Chen was 0-2 with a strikeout but played solid defense, while Hu was 1-3 with a RBI double. Hu also committed an error in the field. Box/Recap
ESPN Insider's Keith Law had this to say about Hu:
"The next Cesar Izturis - The quality of baseball in Taiwan is increasing all the time, and fielding is a major emphasis in Taiwanese baseball instruction. Hu is probably going to be the first product of that instruction to show off his skills in the big leagues. He's small for a shortstop by today's standards, but has outstanding range and a flair for the highlight play. He'll probably never hit for anything but the occasional empty batting average; he has mediocre plate discipline and his build is too small to generate more than below-average power. But he'll be fun to watch in the field."
Keng made his second appearance for Dunedin and was hit hard again. Keng lasted 2.1 innings in relief, giving up 3 hits - including a solo HR, 2 runs, with 0 walks and 0 K's. Box
Lin was 0-2 with a walk in a rare start, while playing 1B. Box
The US rallied to beat Taiwan 5-2 Sunday evening. Sung-Wei Tseng, who took the loss, was dominant throughout the game for the most part, K'ing 7 in 6 innings. However, a bout of wildness in the 6th inning, when Tseng plunked 3 batters in the inning to load the bases, led to 3 earned runs, when US hitter Alvarez drove in all 3 baserunners with a double. Up until that double, Tseng had only given up 2 hits and 0 runs. LF Ming-I Wu continued to show a great eye at the plate as he was 0-1 with 3 walks. Box/PlaybyPlay Recap
The next game in the series will be on Tuesday.
Alaska - Updated:
Chu was 3-3 for the Panners, and missed hitting for the cycle by a HR. Box/PlaybyPlay