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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Victory At Last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Taiwan battled Cuba on it's home soil and pulled out an unforgettable 2-1 win in 15 innings! With a pitcher's duel keeping things deadlocked for the first 8 innings, DH Hung-Yu Lin gave Taiwan an early lead with a solo blast in the 2nd inning. Cuba came right back to score against Lee in the top of the 3rd inning. Lee pitched extremely well - he was clocked in the low 90's, giving up only 2 hits in 8.1 innings to go along with 6 K's. In fact the only downside to Lee's night was the fact that he did struggle with his command - he had 5 walks. Lee's counterpart - Cuban starter was also dominant - Deynnis Saurez pitched 7.2 innings, giving up 3 hits - 1 run, while K'ing 14 and walking 3.
Taiwan's relievers managed to hold down Cuba's offense - C.F. Chen, C.J. Lo and K.C. Lin blanked Cuba for the last 6.2 innings. The hero on the night offensively for Taiwan was pinch hitter Han Lin, who drove in the game winning run in the 15th with a RBI single.
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From what I can recall, the last time we beat Cuba in a men's senior competition was in the 1980's ( the 1983 Intercontinental Cup, the 1984 and 1986 Baseball World Cup). This victory has been a long time coming.
Taiwan won't get much rest and time to celebrate as it will now face the US today for the championship game at 8:45 pm local time. Taiwan will attempt to win against the US for the first time in 9 tries this summer. The US is also looking to defend it's WUBC crown - it won the title in 2004. I'm curious as to who the starter for Taiwan will be, as Tseng pitched a complete game on Sunday and Lee pitched last night. Good luck to our boys tonight! Jia Yo!!!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

YESSSS! that makes me so happy. great job from our team. I really hope our offense can pick it up some more though. Were going to need it if we want to beat the US.

Anonymous said...

i got a feeling that tseng is going to start because i dont believe they will start chen chang lee in 2 straight games. last time we played them, we didnt put in lee or tseng so hopefully tseng will be able to shutdown the US offense.

Anonymous said...

Is our amateur team that is playing the US right now the same team that played China in Holland? If its our collegiate all-star team that lost to China, and the US sent their top college players then thats not good.

TheTaiwaneseTerror said...

Yea it is essentially the same team that was in Holland. But remember, Taiwan played against mostly NT's and more experienced players from Holland, China, and Japan.

Anonymous said...

well,since their playing with more experienced NT players, they can also gain experience and better themselves. Why didnt we send our NT like china did when we played them in Holland?

TheTaiwaneseTerror said...

The tourney in Holland was meant as a warm-up for the University Games. The real NT will only be seen for big competitions like the Olympic Qualifiers, the Olympics, and the WBC.