Well, today's ND was tough to swallow. Kuo pitched well, well enough to win his 2nd game of the season. In fact, Kuo left the game after 6 strong innings, with a 5-2 lead against the Cubs. The Dodgers bullpen, specifically Brett Tomko, blew the lead and Kuo ended up with a ND. Kuo, who was clocked at a high of 96 mph, demonstrated excellent command of his pitches - 0 walks and of the 93 pitches thrown, 65 were strikes. Kuo also managed to strike out 6 batters - including Juan Pierre - the toughest guy statistically in the ML to K. Tough loss for the Dodgers - Box/Recap
With his strong performance today, Kuo will keep his spot in the starting rotation for the Dodgers.
Chien-Ming Wang's scheduled start today versus the Devil Rays got pushed back a day. Citing bad weather conditions in NY, Joe Torre decided to start Wang tomorrow against the Boston Red Sox. Wang's bid for win #18 just got that much tougher - Manny Ramirez and Eric Hinske are extremely tough outs for Wang. Wang will face Josh Beckett on the mound. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN at 4:00 PM Pacific.
Hanshin won 4-2. Lin was 0-1 in another pinch hit appearance. He's hitting .270 on the year. Box
Ace En-Yu Lin won his 16th game of the season as he threw a complete game 3 hit shutout against the Sinon Bulls. Chalking up 12 K's tonight, Lin has been phenomenal this season. Like his hitting counterpart - CF Chen of the Bears, Lin is putting up triple-crown type numbers. Aside from co-leading the league in wins (16), he also has an ERA of 1.56 to go along with a league leading 194 K's in 184.2 innings. Barring injury, Lin is as good as gone next season to the NPB.
Taiwan's last game versus Team USA was rained out last night. The boys will regroup in Cuba as the World Junior Championships begin on September 17th. Visit the official site (in Spanish) for game updates. With that said here's a few parting photos (courtesy of Paul Durdaller of GeorgiaDugoutClub.com) of our boys during their friendly series this past week with a select team from Georgia.