Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Wed. News...

Wei-Chu Lin is finally getting the recognition that he deserves for his outstanding play this year. Jim Allen, who writes for The Daily Yomiuri, has a nice writeup on Lin. There was a pretty heated discussion about Lin (back in mid-April, early May) on the forums regarding his lack of PT. At that time, Jim Allen addressed the issue on Lin's lack of PT - attributing antiquated selectivity on the part of Hanshin's coaching staff. Personally, prior to Lin breaking in full time with the Tigers, I was beginning to think that Lin was going to get the short end of the stick, just like CFC did with the Dodgers.
Lin, who needs a few more plate appearances to qualify for the CL batting crown, raised his BA to .343 today. He was 3-4 with a run scored to help lead his team to a 3-1 win over the Seibu Lions. Box

AA - Hu was 1-4 as Jacksonville lost 3-2. Box

A - Greenville won 5-3. Chiang was 1-4 with a double. Box

A - Wisconsin lost 10-9, but Lo did all he could to give his team a chance to win - cracking his 2nd HR of the year and also throwing out a runner at the plate. Lo was 3-5 with a HR, a 2B, a RBI, and 4 runs scored. Box

Olympic News:
The Korean preliminary NT has been announced. As expected, the Korean NT will be made up of the best players from their domestic league and overseas. Read more here and here.

As for the Japanese NT, it looks like the cream of the crop won't be participating in the Asian Olympic Qualifier.

Cobras 9 - Elephants 2: Cobras OF RC Yang was 3-4 to earn game MVP honors. Cobras starter Jose Rodriguez picked up his first win, throwing 6 innings and allowing 1 run on 6 hits. For the Elephants, Chia-Chia was 0-3, while teammate Huai-Shan Chen was 3-4.

Bears 6 - Bulls 5: In search of his 4th win, Bears SP Wen-Hsiung Hsu tired in the 7th, after blanking the Bulls for the first 6 innings. Hsu would earn a ND after allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 6.1 innings. Opposing starter Chung-Nan Tsai got off to an ominous start after allowing 2 HR's (one to Chih-Sheng Lin, his 4th roundtripper of the season) in the first inning to fall behind 3-0 after 1. However, despite the poor start and allowing 5 walks, he would manage to blank the Bears for the next 5 innings. Game MVP honors went to Bears 2B Chih-Tsung Chiang who drove in 2 key runs in the 8th inning to help give the Bears a lead they would not relinquish.


Anonymous said...

Would you say Wei-Chu Lin is the best hitter from Taiwan right now?

TheTaiwaneseTerror said...

As of right now - based on his productivity and the level of competition - an emphatic YES!

Although you could also make a strong argument for a healthy CFC and/or CM Peng. Despite the CPBL's perceived inferiority to other leagues, CFC has proven that he can hit AAA and international pitching, while Peng has also done well on the international level.