Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Man On Fire!!!!
Wow, unbelievable.....Chien-Ming Wang's hot streak continues as he pitched an 8 inning 4 hit shutout today versus the best hitting lineup in the majors - the Toronto Blue Jays. The Jays, who lead the ML with a .293 cumulative BA and .480 Slugging Percentage, were shut down by Wang's sinker - he induced 16 groundouts and gave up only 1 extra base hit (to Hinske of all people). Aside from winning his 5th straight game, Wang has also pitched 18 scoreless innings now. Wang's record on the season stands at 13-4 with a 3.58 ERA. Box/Wrap
Barring injury, Wang is in good shape to win 20 games this season. The Yankees have the type of offensive lineup to help Wang win even if he's having an off day. I'm excited to see what Wang and the Yankees can do over the next 2 months and hopefully into the postseason.
Lin finally got a start for the Hanshin Tigers in CF. He was 1-3 with a double, although his team lost 3-2. Box
AA - Hu was 2-5 with a double as Jacksonville won 7-4. Box
A - Lansing lost 9-6. The "Siamese Twins" Cheng and Keng made another joint appearance together. Cheng started the game and pitched 5 innings, giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, with 2 walks and 3 K's. Keng relieved Cheng with the score all knotted up at 3. Keng pitched 2.1 innings and was victimized by several team errors to give up 4 unearned runs and take the tough loss. Box
Wisconsin lost 14-3. Lo, playing in LF, was 1-4 and committed his 4th error of the season. Box
R - The Red Sox won 2-1. Chiang was 1-4, committing his 7th error of the season at 2B. Lin pitched well, throwing 3 shutout innings. Box
Over in the Philippines, Chinese Taipei is trying to qualify for the Pony League World Series (13-14 year olds). Playing their toughest opponent in the tourney - Japan, CT managed a 6-5 win today to start off the Asian Regionals on a good note. CT will play 2 more games versus the Philippines and Russia before a championship game is played on Saturday between the top 2 teams - in all likelihood a CT-Japan rematch.