Lions 4 - Whales 2: Despite being outhit 10-5, the Lions came up big behind some clutch hitting from game MVP - 1B KC Kao. Kao hit his 4th HR of the year (a 2-run shot) to help erase a 2-run deficit in the 7th and then drove in the go-ahead runs in the 8th to help power his team to the W. KC was 2-4 with a double, a HR, and 4 RBI's. RF Fu-Hao Liu collected 2 of the team's other hits and was 2-4. Earning a ND for the Lions was starter Wei-Lun Pan, who was seeking his 20th consecutive regular season win without a loss (after starting the year 0-2 in 2007, Pan reeled off 16 consecutive W's). Pan allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in 6 IP (3K's, 1BB).
Also earning a ND for the Whales was starter Chang-Wei Tu. Tu gave up 2 runs on 3 hits in 7 IP (5K's, 0BB's).
Offensively for the Whales: DH Carlos Villalobos was 1-4 with a RBI/ RF Abraham Nunez was 2-4 with a RBI/ C Yi-Wei Lee was 2-4/ CF Tai-Yong Kuo was 2-3.
CMW faces current AL and MLB ERA leader Cliff Lee (0.96 ERA!) & the Indians tomorrow.
The Dodgers are currently leading the Mets 5-4 in the 7th inning. HC Kuo relieved SP Hiroki Kuroda and is now in line to get the W, should the Dodgers hold on. Kuo needed only 10 pitches to K the first 3 batters he faced before running into some minor problems in the 5th. So far through 3.2 innings of relief, Kuo has 8 K's and allowed no hits. Kuo's fb has been consistently in the low 90's, topping out at 95 mph. CL Hu got his first start of the season at SS today and is currently 0-3. Last year's Taiwan Series MVP - Figgy started for the Mets. Game Day Live
WY Chen threw 2 scoreless innings in relief. He allowed 1 hit and had 2 K's as the Dragons tied the Carp 1-1. Box
CS Yang was 1-3 with a walk as the Fighters lost 3-1. Box
A - Lakewood won 5-2. YF Lin threw 2 perfect innings in relief of starter J. Sampson. Box
A - Greenville lost 11-5. CH Lin launched his 3rd HR of the year and was 1-4 with a walk and 3 RBI's. Box
A+ - Lancaster is leading High Desert 6-4 in the 7th. KH Lo is currently 0-3 with 2 K's while CH Chiang is now 2-2 with a walk. Box
AAA - Tacoma won 5-2. YC Chen was 2-5 while committing his 3rd error of the year. Box
If you're headed to Edmonton, Canada in July/August, you can find the schedule for this year's edition of the World Junior Baseball Championships here.
Taiwan's preliminary schedule:
1)July 26th vs. Canada
2)July 27th vs. Italy
3)July 28th vs. the Czech Republic
4)July 29th vs. Cuba
5)July 30th vs. Puerto Rico
The top 4 seeds from each pool advance to the quarterfinals, with the winner of those games heading to the semifinals, and so forth.