Saturday, November 18, 2006

Close Loss to Cuba....

Taiwan lost a heartbreaking 1 run game to Cuba in the semifinals of the Intercontinental Cup 5-4. After falling behind 5-1, Taiwan would rally to score 3 runs in the top of the 8th inning. As for Taiwan's offense: Chung-Shou Yang (1-4) would drive in Taiwan's first run with a RBI-double in the 5th inning. In the 8th inning, Taiwan would mount it's rally with RBI's coming from the heart of it's order - Tai-Shan Chang, Yi-Chuan Lin, and Chia-Hsien Hsieh would all drive in runs. However pinch hitter Guan-Ren Chen would strike out to end the threat in the 8th inning. Taiwan's starter Wei-Lun Pan was unable to hold down the explosive Cuban offense as he gave up 4 runs on 8 hits in 3.1 innings. Sung-Wei Tseng continued to impress as he held the Cubans scoreless over the last 3 innings, giving up 3 hits to go along with 3 K's.
Box Score
Despite the loss, Taiwan will get another shot at beating Japan on Sunday in the bronze medal game. The Netherlands defeated Japan on Saturday, putting them in the finals against Cuba. On the brighter side of things, this is the first time that we've defeated the Cuban NT in 3 different age groups in the same year. Earlier in the year, our junior NT & collegiate NT defeated their Cuban counterparts. The significance of the victories? Not only can we compete with the world's best amateurs, but the overall quality of baseball in Taiwan has improved significantly over the past few years.

Other News:
Cor has kindly uploaded a short video clip of Taiwan's victory (2nd and 3rd innings) over Cuba in the I-Cup over at Check it out!

Lo lost his 3rd game of the season in the HWB on Wednesday night. Lo pitched 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits. Lo had a 10 inning scoreless streak broken up after he allowed a run in the first inning.
Box Score


Anonymous said...

aww man, what a close game. We were that close!well, atleast I know our boys can play with the best. Winning 2-3 games against Cuba at the I-Cup. Sung Wei Tseng has been pitching really well lately against Cuba's high powered offense, more so than our starters. Hopefully, We can atleast beat Japan and clinch 3rd. What was the score of Japan vs Netherlands? oh yeah, any news on Chin Hui Tsao? Hows his arm now?

Anonymous said...

we clinched 3rd at the I-cup! Our boys shut down the Japanese NT 3-0!

Anonymous said...

actually the final score was 4-0 :D

In other related news, the Korean NT only scored 5 runs against the Filipino NT and was a no-show at the closing ceremony... I guess sportsmanship is not only matters to the Korean NT when they win big... a real shame if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

oh 4-0? even better! I wonder why the Korean NT didnt show up? Anyway, I still remember when our boys( I think it was 12 and under) were invited to some tourney in Korea and we ended up beating all the Korean teams and eventually we got kicked out and sent back home because they wouldnt let a non korean team win the championship. Thats pretty pitiful if you ask me... It happened a couple months ago.