Sunday, August 03, 2008

Juniors Place 5th at World Championships.....

World Junior Championships:
Just like in 2006, Taiwan finished 5th at this year's World Junior Championships. Taiwan sealed the deal by beating the host nation Canada 11-4. SP Kuan-Yu Chen (here's his blog/album) earned the win while #3 and 4 hitters Yu-Hsiang Chen and Fu-Lin Kuo blasted the team's first and only home runs of the tourney (back-to-back in the 4th inning). Box/Recap/Final Team Stats
Meanwhile in the day's other action, South Korea defended its world crown by shutting down perennial power - the US, 7-0. Cuba garnered third place with a 6-2 win over Australia.

Fu-Lin Kuo

Yu-Hsiang Chen

Leading the way offensively for the team were infielders Yu-Hsiang Chen (here's his blog/album) and Fu-Lin Kuo and OF Yen-Ju Chen (here's his blog/album).

YH Chen hit .355 in 31 AB's with 1 HR, 4 2B's, 5 BB's, 3 SB's, 2 RBI's
YJ Chen hit .346 in 26 AB's with 2 2B's, 4 BB's, 6 SB's, 3 RBI's
FL Kuo hit .323 in 31 AB's with 1 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B's, 0 BB's, 2 SB's, 7 RBI's

Performance-wise, Che-Ming Su was the top pitcher for Taiwan.
In 20 innings, he had an 0.90 ERA, picked up 2 W's and a Save, while K'ing 19.

All-in-all, the team did fairly well (aside from getting slammed by Cuba), losing to the eventual champs by 1 run, avenging an earlier loss to Canada, and they did all of this with ace Rong-Hao Hsieh having perhaps the worst performance in his young career.

Che-Ming Su vs. Brett Lawrie

Kuan-Yu Chen vs. Brett Lawrie

Chia-Liang Hung vs. Mexico

For more coverage of the junior NT, check out this guy's vids.

R - The GCL Reds won 2-0, completing a game from 7/24th - YW Kuo was 0-1 on that day. TK Chiu is also back for the Reds (missed this earlier).

AAA - Vegas lost 1-0. CL Hu was 1-3 with a double, a BB, and committed his first error with Vegas. Box


The Dodgers beat the D-Backs 9-3. Kuo threw 1.1 scoreless innings. Box

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