Tuesday, May 30, 2006
In da Minors:
Kuo faced 3 batters in the 9th inning, giving up a single and K'ing the next 2 hitters before being relieved. Vegas lost 3-0. Box
Hu was 2-5 with a run scored in a losing effort as Jacksonville lost 8-6. Box
In a pitching duel, Inland Empire lost 2-1 to Visalia. Chen managed to get one of IE's 6 hits in 4 AB's. Chen also committed his 5th error of the season - which helped lead to Visalia scoring 2 unearned runs in the 5th. That was the difference in the game - tough loss. Box
Jacksonville won 10-4 as Hu managed a 1-5 night with a run scored, a RBI, and his 7th SB of the season. Box
Keng pitched 2 hitless/scoreless innings for Lansing and picked up his first save of the season. Box
Wu's BA now stands at .180 after tonight's loss to Burlington. Wu was 0-3 and played at 1B. Box
Monday, May 29, 2006
In AA action, Hu went 2-2 at the plate, with a double and run scored in Jacksonville's 4-2 win. Box
At the A+ level, Inland Empire powered to a 12-2 win. Chen was 2-5 with a double, a RBI, a run scored, and stole his 17th base of the season. Box
I missed this yesterday, but minorleaguebaseball.com didn't have the boxscore for one of Sat.'s twin billings between Modesto and San Jose. On Sat., Ching-Lung Lo won his 5th game of the season for Modesto. Read more here.
Interesting news at the A level of ball. Things got so bad for Wisconsin today (they lost 19-5), that Chao-Kuan Wu was called upon to PITCH for them. Wu, who's hitting way below the Mendoza line, had a decent performance on the mound. Pitching 1 inning, he gave up 2 hits and 1 run, with 1 walk and 0 K's. Box
Yang pitched to 1 batter in the 7th inning, giving up a double and an earned run. Softbank lost to Chunichi 9-1. Box
Hsu pitched well for Seibu, going 4 strong innings, giving up only 2 hits, 0 runs, with 2 K's and 1 walk. Hsu was not involved in the decision. Box
Saturday, May 27, 2006
At this rate, barring no injuries and assuming Wang can hold on to his spot in the rotation, I'll predict that Wang wins 16 games this season.
Minor League Action:
Jacksonville eeked out a 1-0 win over the Huntsville Stars. Hu went 1-4. Box
Chen got back on track as he went 2-5 DH'ing for Inland Empire. Box
Friday, May 26, 2006
Jacksonville won 6-4. Hu went 1-3 with a walk and a run scored. Box
Inland Empire obliterated it's opponent 20-7. Damn, when did football season begin? Anyways, Chen went 2-6 with 2 RBI's, a run scored, but was also caught trying to steal 2nd base in the 2nd inning. Box
Cheng started for Lansing and lasted 3 innings. He gave up 4 hits, 2 runs with 3 K's and 2 walks. Lansing won 5-3, but Cheng was not eligible for a decision. Box
Lin K'd in his pinch hit appearance Thursday. Box
Hsu pitched 2 innings for Seibu and gave up 2 runs - 1 earned with 2 K's. Box
In the US:
Hu went 1-3 with a walk. Jacksonville won 5-2. Box
Chen went 1-4 in Inland Empire's win Thurs. night. Box
Wu went 0-3 with a walk and an error, while playing 1B for Wisconsin. Box
Lansing won, but Keng almost gave it away as he gave up 3 runs in the last 2 innings - 2 on a HR. Box
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
The Bulls beat the Taiwan Electric Company by a score of 5-2. The winning pitcher for the Bulls was Cheng-Lung Luo, who went 5 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, and had 7 K's.
Batting Crown: Yi-Chuan Lin (TEC)
HR & RBI Champ: Chang-En Huang (TEC)
MVPitcher: Sung-Wei Tseng (FB)
In the US minors:
Kuo was hit hard as he only lasted 1+ innings for Vegas. Kuo gave up 2 hits, 2 walk, 2 earned runs, and a HR all in his short stint. Box
Hu went 2-4 for Jacksonville with 1 run scored; he was also caught trying to steal 2nd base. Box
Chen managed to go 1-5 with a RBI for Inland Empire. Box
Monday, May 22, 2006
In the minors, Lo bounced back from his last disasterous start to win his 4th game of the season for Modesto. Lo pitched a scoreless 7 innings, giving up only 5 hits, while walking 4 and K'ing 2. Box
Chen's min-slump continued as he went 0-2, with 2 walks and a RBI. His team won 5-3. Box
In Taiwan, the men's amateur spring tourney will match up the 2 best teams tomorrow - the 23rd. The Fubon Bulls will play the Taiwan Electric Company for the championship. Both teams feature great prospects.
The Fubon Bulls roster includes:
1)P Sung-Wei Tseng - A WBC NT selection, he has been clocked at 94 mph this spring. He won today's semifinal matchup against Fu Jen University, by pitching a complete game 1-hit shutout, in which he K'd 10 batters with 0 walks. Top pitcher in the tourney with 55 K's in 55.2 IP, an ERA of 0.49, and a record of 5 W - O L. Has been scouted by teams from the NPB
2)P Cheng-Lung Luo - Former 2005 junior NT member, is only 19 years old and throws lefty. Luo was 4-0 with a 0.60 ERA and 33K's in 30 IP.
3)OF Chih-Yao Chan - Another WBC NT selection, had the top BA in the tourney, hitting .451 in 51 AB's with 9 SB's. I had the pleasure of watching him this past summer, and the kid has a good all around game - solid in all areas. Lack of power might be the only knock on him.
4)IF Sheng-Wei Wang - In 2005, played with Tseng in Alaska. He hit .386 with 8 SB's in 70 AB's.
The Taiwan Electric Company team includes:
1)Chang-En Huang - Hit .358 with a league-leading 6 HR's and 27 RBI. He did strike out 15 times in 81 AB's though.
2)Yi-Chuan Lin - Was second in the league with a .449 BA, had 2 HR's and 21 RBI's in 78 AB's.
Impressive stat: K/BB ratio - 7/16
3)Wei-Han Wu - In 55 AB's, hit .418 with 2 HR's and 14 RBI's.
In other CPBL news, Tai-Shan Chang has set the career HR record as he hit his 11th dinger of the season. Read more here.
Sunday NPB scores:
Lin pinch hit in the 5th inning and flied out as his team won 5-3 over the Buffaloes. Box
Hsu pitched the 5th inning for Seibu and gave up 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, and had 1 K. Seibu lost to the Yokohama BayStars. Box
US minor league action:
Kuo pitched 2/3 of the 8th inning for Vegas and stuggled, giving up 3 hits, 1 HR, and 1 earned run.
Hu went 1-4 for Jacksonville and committed only his 2nd error of the season. Box
Inland Empire won a close game 5-4, but Chen was held hitless again. Chen went 0-3 with a walk and a run scored. Box
Lansing won 11-8, but starting pitcher Cheng stuggled in his 4 innings of work. Despite only giving up 3 hits, Cheng walked 5 batters, allowed 3 earned runs and received a no decision. Keng pitched in relief, going 2 innings, giving up only 1 hit while striking out 2 batters. Box
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Yang faced 1 batter, walked him, and was then pulled. Yang's Hawks were demolished by the Yakult Swallows. Box
Sat. minor league results:
Hu went 2-4 at the plate, with a walk and a run scored. His team lost 4-3. Box
Chen had another hitless night. He was 0-5. Box
Wu went 1-3 with a sacrifice, but was also caught attempting to steal his first base of the season. Box
Cheng will start tomorrow for Lansing against Fort Wayne.
In Jacksonville, Hu went 1-5 as his team lost 4-3 in extra innings. Box
Chen's 66ers also lost by a 4-3 score. Even though Chen was 2-5 at the plate and stole his 16 base on the season, he was thrown out trying to steal home in the 1st inning - that was costly for his team. Box
Chien-Ming Wang will face off against Red Sox ace Curt Schilling on Monday. Should be a great challenge for Wang.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
In Thursday's NPB action, Lin made a pinch hit appearance for the Tigers in the 7th inning and grounded out. Box
MLB.com is reporting that Chin-Hui Tsao has been throwing bullpen sessions. Despite good individual sessions, Tsao's recovery afterwards hasn't been going well. For more read here.
Minor League Action:
The Jacksonville Sun's offense broke out in a huge way. In a 19 hit attack, the Suns won 13-2. Hu also had a huge night as he went 4-6 with 2 doubles and 3 runs. Box
Inland Empire also won tonight, as Chen was 1-3 with a walk. However, Chen was picked off at first base and was caught stealing 2nd in the same sequence. Box
Keng finally got some innings, as he pitched 1 scoreless inning for Lansing tonight. He had 1 K.
I've added a few new links: JapanBaseballDaily.com is a great English language resource for game recaps and news on what's going on in the NPB.
Also, 2006 Japanese Professional Baseball, recaps games as well as gives boxscores for games in the NPB.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
In an article written recently on Wang, there is an interesting quote from Wang: " I don't think of myself really as a star. I'm just a pitcher. There are a lot of better ballplayers back in Taiwan."
Wow, Wang is being super modest here, but I can't think of one single ball player still in Taiwan who has the cajones or talent to match Wang. I wonder who Wang was referring to (maybe Chin-Feng Chen)?
Despite all the hype that Chin-Hui Tsao and Hong-Chih Kuo received, Wang has quietly become the best pitcher in all of Taiwan. With all 3 suffering serious injuries at some point in their careers, it is refreshing to see Wang and Kuo - to a lesser extent, do well.
Mariner scout Jamey Storvick was right on the money about Wang when he wrote this article 6 years ago.
In the minors, Hu got the night off for Jacksonville.
Another rare hitless night for Chen in A+ ball. Chen was 0-4, but did manage to steal his 15th base on the season. Box
Lo took his 1st loss of the season for Modesto. Lo pitched 5.2 innings, giving up 10 hits - 1 HR, 6 runs - all earned, with 3 walks and one K. Box
Wu went 0-2 in a rain shortened game. Playing catcher, Wu also allowed 3 stolen bases. Box
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
In the NPB, Lin made an appearance as a pinch runner and scored the winning run in the 12th inning for the Tigers. Box
Hsu pitched 2 innings for Seibu, giving up 2 hits, 2 runs - 1 earned via a HR allowed, and also K'd one. Box
In the minors, Hu went 1-6 at the plate with a triple and a RBI as his team lost in a shootout. Box
Inland Empire was shutout 2-0, but Chen managed to go 1-3 with a walk. Box
With his smoldering start at Inland Empire, carried over from a good showing at the WBC, Chen is finally starting to receive some recognition. An AL scout gave his take on Chen's abilities:
"He's a fun guy to watch. I'm not sure how his power is going to develop, but he's got enough for second base. He can run and field, too.
He's got some physical tools. He's a little bit like (Tadahito) Iguchi in Chicago, if you replace his speed with a little more power. Chen is a good ballplayer and when he shoots one in the gaps, he can really run."
Cheng took his 3rd loss on the season in a tough pitcher's duel to Burlington's Carlos Rosa. Cheng pitched 6 innings, giving up 3 hits - one being a HR and 2 earned runs. Chen K'd 8 and walked 1 in the game. Box
Monday, May 15, 2006
In AAA, Kuo pitched 2.0 innings in helping to preserve a 4-3 lead for Vegas. Kuo gave up 0 hits, 1 walk, and had 3 K's. Box
Hu went 2-3 with 2 walks, a run scored, and stole his 6th base on the season, as his team won 4-0. Box
After failing to get a hit last night, Chen redeemed himself in a big way with a 3-5 night at the plate, with 2 runs scored, and a RBI. Box
Wu went 0-3 in a 7 inning loss to Dayton. Box
CHUNG-SHOU YANG UPDATE:
Through 5/14/06, Yang has played in 26 games while improving his average to .316 with 2 HR's and 8 RBI's on the season. Yang has settled in at the 3 spot in the lineup for the Fighter's nigun team.
The most successful ones, we hear about all the time and are probably playing overseas in the US or Japan.
Then there are those players who shine brightly on the world stage, only to see their star fade into oblivion. I'll review some of the lesser known players who have burst into the spotlight in the past 10 years or so.
FORMER JUNIOR NT PLAYERS:
First kid: Sheng-An Kuo
Kuo was a member of the 2000 Pony League World Series Champs. Kuo was a key 2 way player who starred along with teammate Ching-Lung Lo. Kuo's manager at the time, Hsi-Chien Chang, gave Kuo the ultimate compliment when he said that Kuo was a legitimate MLB prospect - as a pitcher. Chang's credibility came from the fact that he had also coached Hong-Chih Kuo and Chien-Ming Wang when they were youngsters.
Moving forward one year, Kuo's teammate Lo is signed for a $1.4 million signing bonus by the Colorado Rockies. Kuo continues to play domestically in high school and is selected to the 2001 youth NT and then later the junior NT in 2004.
Today: Kuo plays for Dahan College in Taiwan's men's amateur senior circuit. Kuo's stats through the 5th week of the 2006 Men's Spring Tourney: 0 Wins - 2 Losses, 6.05 ERA, 19.1 IP, 4 K's, 7 walks, 13 ER allowed.
Second kid: Chen-Nan Lee
Lee is a member of the prospect packed 2001 junior NT. However in 2001, Lee is the brightest star of a class that includes: Ching-Lung Lo, Chi-Hung Cheng, Yung-Chi Chen, Ching-Lung Hu, Yao-Hsiung Yang - guys who will eventually sign to play in the US or Japan. In the 2001 Asian Youth Baseball Championships, Lee is the starter in the championship game versus arch-rival Japan. Lee pitches a complete game 2 hit shutout to wrap up Taiwan's first ever championship in this event. A 2 way player, Lee leads the Asian Junior Championships in RBI's, HR's, and ERA.
The following year, Lee is elected to the junior NT again, this time on the world stage. Lee helps lead his team to a silver medal, falling to Cuba in the gold medal game. Lee hits .310, with 1 HR and 5 RBI's, while also pitching 7 innings against top competition. From that team, Chao-Kuan Wu is signed by the Mariners, Ching-Lung Hu is signed by the Dodgers, Wei-Yin Chen is signed by the Chunichi Dragons, and Po-Hsuan Keng is signed by the Blue Jays. Despite his good showing the past 2 years internationally, Lee is not signed.
Today, the 21 year old is playing strictly as a pitcher for the MeiFu Giants on the Men's senior amateur circuit. Through the 5th week of the 2006 spring tourney, Lee was 0-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 6.1 IP with 7 K's, 4 walks, and 3 ER given up.
Third and Fourth Kids: Shen-Fu Tsai & Hsin-Tsung Wu
Tsai is a member of the 2003 youth NT that wins a silver medal on the world stage, losing only to the US in the gold medal game. Tsai cracks 3 home runs in that tourney and is the feared slugger on that team. Tsai's teammate - Chih-Hsien Chiang is the other star positional player for CT. Wu, who was armed with a 90 mph fastball at the time, is also a member of the 2003 youth NT. During that tourney, he is the winning pitcher for CT against youth power house Cuba and along with Tsai, is a physically imposing player - standing around 6'3".
Fast forward to today: Chiang is widely considered Taiwan's best high school hitting prospect and is signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2006 for a hefty $375 K signing bonus. Tsai, who is considered too lazy and slow by scouts, is currently playing for Kai Nan College on the men's amateur circuit. The 18 year old is doing well - hitting .400 with 10 hits in 25 AB's with 2 RBI's and only 3 K's in the 2006 spring tourney. Wu on the other hand, suffered from arm injuries and is still in the process of regaining arm strength. Wu is currently pitching for the Taiwan Electric Company on the men's amateur circuit. Through 5 weeks, Wu is 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA, and 13K's/14 walks in 22.1 IP in 2006 spring play.
FORMER SENIOR NT MEMBER:
* Chang-Wei Tu - At one time was considered to be the best amateur pitching prospect on the island. Tu leads the men's NT to the 2003 National Baseball Congress World Series Championship. A finesse pitcher, Tu was voted the MVP of the tourney. Despite all the hype he gathered from his success in the 2003 NBC games, Tu was not signed by any overseas teams. Tu did manage to make the 2004 Olympic roster for CT. After the Olympic Games, the ChinaTrust Whales drafted Tu with their top pick in 2005. In his rookie year, Tu went 3-4 with a 3.00 ERA. In 69 IP, he had 34 K's. This year - 2006, Tu is struggling with a 4.46 ERA and a 1-2 record through 5/15/06.
Lo recently turned 20 years old (DOB: 4/7/86). He stands 5'10" and weighs 160 pounds. The righty was selected to the 2004 Taiwanese Junior NT. His stats for the 2004 World Junior Championships can be found here. Recent BoSox signee Chih-Hsien Chiang was Lo's teammate that year. Currently Lo is playing for the MeiFu Giants in the men's amateur spring 2006 tourney. Lo has pitched in 4 games, completing 5 innings, giving up 5 hits, an earned run, with 4 K's and 1 walk. His ERA was 1.40 through the first 5 weeks.
Chien-Yu Kuo is a 21 year old (DOB: 9/24/84) OF with a storied amateur career. Kuo was elected to the 2002 Taiwanese Junior NT and performed extremely well on a prospect laden team. Kuo's teammates on the 2002 junior NT included: Ching-Lung Hu of the Dodgers, Chao-Kuan Wu of the Mariners, Wei-Yin Chen of the Dragons, Po-Hsuan Keng of the Blue Jays, and current amateur pitching standout - Sung-Wei Tseng. During the 2002 World Junior Championships, Kuo hit over .400 (.406), tied for the team lead in HR's (4 - with Hu), and was second on the team with 10 RBI's. Click here for more of Kuo's 2002 World Junior stats.
I think that this is great exposure for these kids and will give them a better opportunity to get scouted by the NPB.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Hu also went 0-4 for Jacksonville today. Box
Sunday action in the NPB: Hsu pitched 0.2 innings for Seibu, giving up 1 hit, 0 runs, with 1 walk and 1 K. Box
I didn't know this, but JapanBaseballDaily.com is reporting that the Shidax Industrial League baseball team has signed a Taiwanese pitcher: Ra Kajin. The Shidax team also has a Taiwanese OF: Kenyu Kaku. Does anyone know what these 2 guys' names are in Chinese?
Saturday, May 13, 2006
Hu finally put together back to back impressive performances at the plate. Hu was 3-5 with 2 runs scored and a sacrifice. Hu scored a key run in the 11th that helped his team to win 6-5 in extra innings. Box
Wu got in some PT as a catcher for Wisconsin in one game of a doubleheader. Wu K'd twice in 2 AB's. Box
"He's one of the toughest pitchers we've faced this year. He's got so much movement on his fastball." - A's 2B and leadoff man Mark Ellis
"Wang was the star of the day. He threw the ball incredibly; the best he's thrown all year." - Alex Rodriguez
"It was a great pitching performance." - Johnny Damon
In the NPB, Lin went 0-1 in Friday's game and was 0-3 in Sat's game - OMG, He actually started!!!
In Friday minor league action, Kuo pitched 1.2 innings of relief for Vegas, giving up 2 hits, a walk, 0 runs, and had 2 K's. Box
Hu finally got his bat going for Jacksonville as he had his first multi-hit game in a long time. Hu was 2-4 with 2 doubles and a walk. Box
Chen is smoking hot for the 66ers. He was 2-4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and stole his 13th and 14th bases on the season. Box
Thursday, May 11, 2006
1)Chen singled in the 1st inning off Lo and ended up scoring later in the inning
2)In the 3rd inning, Chen reached base on an error
3)In Lo's last inning, Chen singled and stole 2nd base off of him
It looks like Chen got the better of Lo tonight; however Lo pitched well enough to win the game.
Lo's final stats: 5 IP, 2 R - 1 ER, 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 K's.
Chen's numbers: 2-4 with a walk, a run scored, and his 12th SB on the season.
In AA, Jacksonville lost 4-3 in extra innings. Hu went 1-5 with 2 K's. Box
Tomorrow's game against the A's just got that much harder for Wang with news outta NY that Matsui fractured his wrist tonight and will be out of action for several months. No Sheff, No Matsui - someone will have to pick up the slack for all of that firepower lost.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
In Japan, Hsu pitched his 3rd game in 4 days. Hsu faced off against Yakult again and fared better. He pitched the last 2 innings, giving up only 1 hit - a solo HR, while K'ing 2. Box
Meanwhile in MLB news, Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to face off against Barry Zito of the A's in the opener of the home series for the Yanks on Friday. Wang faced off against the A's earlier this year and received a no decision. This will be a tough matchup for Wang.
In the minors, Kuo pitched to one hitter in the 8th inning and got the batter to fly out. Box
In Jacksonville, Hu went 1-2 with a walk and a sacrifice. Box
Yung-Chi Chen continues to swing a hot bat for Inland Empire. Despite his team's loss in extra innings, Chen was 2-5 at the plate with a double, a RBI, and a walk. Chen was caught trying to steal a base in the first inning, but later redeemed himself by stealing his 11th base of the season in the top of the 9th inning. Box
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
In A+ ball, Inland Empire and Modesto are facing off. In all likelihood, we will see Yung-Chi Chen face off against Ching-Lung Lo in the next few days. As for today's game, Chen was able to keep his hitting streak alive. After starting off 0-3, Chen doubled in his last at bat, stole his 10th base on the season, and scored an insurance run for IE. Box
In A ball, Wu was 0-3 in his team's 4-2 win. Wu played defensively behind the plate tonight.
Cheng, seeking his 6th win on the season, got a big reality check tonight. Cheng got rocked for 6 earned runs in 4 innings. Cheng took the loss despite K'ing 5 and walking none. Box
Kuo pitched in Vegas tonight. Kuo came in the top of the 8th inning with the game in hand - Vegas was up 11-7 at that point. Recap of the 8th inning:
1) First batter reached first on fielding error by 1B
2) The next batter doubled, advancing lead runner to 3rd
3) The third batter walked
-Kuo is in pretty deep sh*t at this point - Bases are loaded
4) Kuo then settles down and K's the next 2 guys
5) With the bases full, Kuo walks the next batter, plating an unearned run - see 1)
6) Kuo is pulled from the game for Lance Carter
7) Lance Carter gives up a grand salami to the first hitter he faces - Kuo is charged with 4 runs, none of them earned
8) Game over - Vegas swallows a tough loss after blowing a sizable lead
Kuo's line for the night: .2 IP / 1 HIT allowed / 4 RUNS allowed - 0 earned /2 WALKS / 2 K's
Hmmm, sound familiar? What happened tonight to Kuo was like deja vu during his brief outings in LA - demonstrating command issues and having the ball taken out of his control only to have the guy relieving him, not bail him out.
In Japan, Hsu pitched again, this time against the Yakult Swallows. Hsu didn't fare much better this time around either. He went 2 innings, gave up 3 earned runs - on a 3 run shot, and saw his ERA balloon to 11.25. Box
Lin had a pinch hit appearance against the Lotte Marines and flied out in the 8th inning. Box
Monday, May 08, 2006
Sunday, May 07, 2006
Ming-Chieh Hsu pitched in his first NPB game of the season. Hsu, who only appeared in 4 games in all of 2005 for the Seibu Lions while recovering from a shoulder injury, had been performing well for the Lion's ni-gun team this year. Hsu pitched 2 innings against the Hawks and gave up 2 earned runs on 4 hits. Box
In AAA, Kuo picked up his first save for Vegas as he went 1.1 innings and K'd 1. Box
In AA, Hu's team got blanked 11-0. Despite going 1-4 with a walk, Hu actually improved his average to .237. Box
At the A+ level, Chen continued his hot hitting streak by going 2-5 with a RBI. Box
Saturday, May 06, 2006
At the A+ level, Chen continues to swing a hot bat. Not only did Chen go 2-4 at the plate, but he also came up with a clutch single that plated 2 runners and broke a 2-2 tie. Chen also collected his 9th stolen base on the season. Box
In A ball, Wu was the hero tonight for his ballclub. Wu smacked a 2-out RBI triple to plate the winning run for Wisconsin. Wu played at 1B tonight and was 2-5 with a double and a triple. Box
Friday, May 05, 2006
First of all, team standings through 5/5/06
All in all, pretty even competition in the first half of the season.
Now for a brief round-up of notables (through 5/5/06):
Chin-Feng Chen .338 5 HR's 12 RBI's - currently out with abdominal strain
Chih-Sheng Lin .256 2 HR's 14 RBI's
Tai-Shan Chang .364 8 HR's 20 RBI's
Chien-Fu Yang 2W-2L 4.66 ERA 38.2 IP/28 K's
Chih-Yuan Chen .239 2 HR's 10 RBI's
Chia-Hsien Hsieh .247 6 HR's 19 RBI's
En-Yu Lin 3W-2L 1.47 ERA 43 IP/40 K's
Wei-Lun Pan 4W-2L 2.21 ERA 53 IP/36 K's
For more coverage of the CPBL in English check out these links:
JapaneseBaseball.com - Around Asia MSG Forum
TaiwaneseBallPlayers.com - Discussion Forum
In the US, Chin-Lung Hu was 0-4 in Jacksonville's extra innings loss. He did walk twice and stole his 5th base on the season. Hu is hitting .238 on the season with 0 HR's and 3 RBI's. Box
In A+ ball, Ching-Lung Lo easily had his best performance on the young season. Lo pitched 7 innings, gave up 1 earned run on 4 hits (solo HR given up in the 7th inning), with 4 K's and only 1 walk. More impressively, Lo was able to emulate Chien-Ming Wang's ability to keep the ball on the ground. Lo had 13 ground outs vs only 3 fly outs, and of course the 1 home run. Lo is now 3-0 on the season with a 4.50 ERA. In 30 IP, Lo also has 15 K's/7 walks/and given up 3 HR's. Box
Yung-Chi Chen continues his hot hitting ways in A+ ball. Through 8 innings, Chen is 2-4 with a triple and 2 RBI's. Chen's RBI triple was key in breaking a tie. Chen also stole his 7th base on the season. On the young season, Chen is hitting .333 with 2 HR's and 15 RBI's.
Box Game Log
Finally, Chao-Kuan Wu got another opportunity to play an entire game as he was behind the plate for Wisconsin. Wu was 1-4 with a run scored; despite allowing a passed ball, he also threw out a runner trying to steal 2nd base. For the season, in limited action, Wu is hitting .216 in 37 AB's with 0 HR's and 6 RBI's. Box
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Inland Empire rapped out 23 hits as a team, however Chen was only 1-6 at the plate. Chen did plate 3 runners with a double. Box
In Japan, Lin pinch hit in the 7th inning and K'd. Box
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Did You Know? Lin was a member of the 1991 Little League World Series Champs from TaiChung, Taiwan. Lin also hit a grandslam in the championship game.
FYI, I picked up this card from Prestige Collectibles for a reasonable price. Prestige sells mostly Japanese baseball cards - so any Taiwanese player who's been in the NPB probably has a card.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Minor League updates: Hu went 0-5 in his team's loss. Box
Chen went 2-4 with 2 key runs and a stolen base in his team's 4-3 win. Box
Cheng won his 5th game on the season by giving up 1 earned run (via a solo HR) in 5 innings pitched. Box
As reported earlier by Anony and Frank, Kuo was demoted by the Dodgers to AAA - not surprising, considering Kuo's struggles with his command of late. Article on Kuo's demotion.
Speaking of Kuo, his command struggles continued at AAA today. Kuo pitched 1 inning, gave up 2 walks, and an earned run. Of the 10 pitches Kuo threw, only 2 were strikes. Box
In Japan, Lin K'd in his only pinch hit appearance in the 8th inning. Box
In AA, Hu went 1-6 at the plate. Box Article by the JacksonSun on Hu
In A+ ball, Chen went 2-5 at the plate with a double and a run scored. Box
In A ball, Keng took his first loss of the season in a 7 inning game. Again control was an issue for Keng. Box
Wu went 0-3 with a RBI for Wisconsin in a 7 inning game. Box