Taking a line from Ice Cube, today was a DAMNED good day for Taiwanese baseball!
Chien-Ming Wang won his 17th game of the season against the Baltimore Orioles today. Wang lasted 7.1 innings, giving up 8 hits, 1 earned run, to go along with o walks and 1 K. Mixing in sliders and the changeup with his sinker, Wang induced 16 more groundouts today. Wang left the game in the 8th inning, winning 2-1. The Yankees would tack on another run in the 8th before the bullpen closed out a 3-2 win for Wang and the Yanks. Wang lowers his ERA to 3.60 and joins Johan Santana as the ML's only 17 game winners. Wang avenges an earlier loss this season to the Orioles and with at least 4 starts remaining in the regular season, is seeking 20 wins while chasing Chan Ho Park's 18 victories in a season.
Chien-Ming Chiang won his third consecutive game of the season for the Yomiuri Giants, beating the Yakult Swallows 2-1. Chiang pitched 8 strong innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run - via a solo HR, to go along with 4 K's and 1 walk. Chiang's ERA through 4 games is 0.55! Box
Lin launched his 4th HR of the season for the Hanshin Tigers. Making his usual pinch hit appearance in the 7th inning, Lin made the most of his opportunity, driving in his 10th run of the season on his solo blast. Hanshin won 5-3 over the Yokohama BayStars. Box
Taiwan lived up to it's advanced billing by returning the favor and beating South Korea in the 2006 Asian Youth Baseball Championships!!! Taiwan won 4-0, thus avenging an earlier loss and retaining it's Asian Youth Baseball Title. Pitcher Sheng-Chih Yang won MVP of the tourney. I don't have any stats, but I wonder how Yi-Hao Lin and Rong-Hao Hsieh did in the tournament?
The Jacksonville Suns were swept in the opening round of their playoff series after losing 2-0 today. Hu finished his season by going 1-3 in today's game. He also committed his only error of the postseason. Box