Friday, August 17, 2007

Tough Opening Loss in the LLWS....

CMW will pitch on Sunday vs. Jeremy Bonderman and the Detroit Tigers. This will be his third crack at win #14.

HC Kuo has resumed throwing - that's encouraging to hear.

Taiwan lost a close game to Venezuela 2-1 in the opener at the LLWS. Both teams started their ace - hence the low scoring affair. Chao-Min Wang, the 5'10" flamethrower starter for Taiwan had a game-high 10 K's and was throwing 75-76 mph (equivalent to 98-99 mph in the MLB). Despite the loss, Taiwan just has to finish in the top 2 of its group to advance to the International Semifinals. Taiwan's next game is on Sunday at 1:00 PM Pacific against the Netherlands. Box/Post Game Interview/Recap-Pics
After watching today's game, this year's team has a much better shot than the last representative from Taiwan in 2004 - at least there is a clear-cut ace in Wang and the #2 pitcher Chi-Yuan Chen is supposed to be pretty good as well. Hopefully the bats will get untracked in the next few games. *updated

Here's a brief recap of yesterday's game between the Taiwanese junior NT and the Canadian junior NT. Taiwan won 6-1. Globe/Gary Jeffries Canada's Leslie Williams (right) avoids the tag of Chinese Taipei's Po-Ting Hslao during Thursday's USA Baseball International Invitational at Joe Becker Stadium.

After a surprising showing in the WPT, the senior NT will play in the Italian Baseball Week Tournament. Here is the schedule as follows:
1)Aug. 26th vs. the Italian NT
2)Aug. 28th vs. the Cuban NT - the "A" squad this time around
3)Aug. 29th vs. Team Miami, USA
4)Aug. 30th vs. the Italian NT
5)Aug. 31st vs. Team Miami, USA
6)Sept. 1st vs. the Cuban NT

The Tigers won 3-1 on Friday. WC Lin was 0-3 with a RBI. Box

R - TK Chiu had his best outing of the season as he threw a 6 inning shutout against the Pirates. He allowed only 3 hits to go along with 8 K's with 0 walks. The Reds won game 1 of a doubleheader 11-0. Box

* YF Lin, who plays for the Williamsport Crosscutters, will be back in PA for a short home stand from the 18th - 20th. Makes you wonder if he'll have a chance to meet up with the LL team when he's in town.

A - Wisky won 3-2. KH Lo was 1-5. Box

A - Greenville lost 4-3. Chiang was 1-1 as a PH. Box

AAA - Vegas is losing 8-2 in the 6th. Hu is currently 0-3. Box


Anonymous said...

Hey, how do you think our chances are in our pool? you think we can beat mexico and the netherlands to advance? How about winning it all? I was watching Japan today and boy do they got some bats. Im kinda hoping our bats start heating up soon. Watching todays game against VN, I see that we got a real ace of a pitcher in Wang- Even his pre pitch stance and motions look modeled after Wang Chien Ming's. Gotta say we got a pretty small team though,haha. We got A little 4ft 6 outfielder...i was rootin for him!

Cor said...

Schedule for the World Cup:

Anonymous said...

Tough loss last night for our boys and it doesn't really get easier. I'm watching the Mexico/Netherlands game now and Mexico is pretty strong (good bats). The Netherlands has a Japanese pitcher who's supposed to be pretty good too. With only top two from each pool advancing, we have to win the next two games. Obviously, we'll throw our ace against Mexico but before that we'll have to beat the Netherlands on Sunday. Let's hope the boys come through!

-Dodger fan in NY

TheTaiwaneseTerror said...

Thanks for the 411 Cor.

I like our chances to advance to the semifinals - if Venezuela remains undefeated, we'd most likely face Japan in one semifinal. I think the bats come through tomorrow against the Netherlands - these kids did hit very well in the Asian regional qualifiers. The team has the talent (at least pitching-wise) to make it to the final game.