Up until the 9th inning, the NT kept things close against some of the top NPB talent available. Taiwan actually held a brief 1-0 lead in the 4th inning before Japan would score 2 over the next 2 innings to take a 2-1 lead. Plating Taiwan's lone run was Red Sox farmhand Chih-Hsien Chiang - he was 2-3.
Vid of Chiang's run-producing plate appearance:
1B Chia Chia collected Taiwan's only other hits (2-4 with a double). SP Wen-Hsiung Hsu pitched well, giving up 1 run on 3 hits over 5 IP. Chih-Chia Chang also performed well against his former league mates, throwing 2.2 shutout innings, K'ing 3.
Chia Chia's near miss:
Japan would plate 4 runs in the top of the 9th off of relievers Chin-Hui Tsao and Kai-Wen Cheng to produce the game's final score.
US minor leaguers Kuo-Hui Lo and Che-Hsuan Lin were hitless in their 7 collective AB's. Lin struggled in particular, K'ing in all 4 of his AB's, although he did make another nice defensive gem in the field.
Vid of Lin making a nice grab:
R - The GCL Red Sox lost game 2 of a DH 1-0. CH Huang was 1-2 with a BB. Box
CH Huang was 0-4 in the first game of the DH. The Red Sox lost 5-4. Box
R - The GCL Indians won 3-2 in 11. CH Chen was 0-1 as a PH. Box
AAA - Vegas is down 3-1 in the 9th. CL Hu is 0-3. Box
The Dodgers are up 3-1 over the Phillies in the 8th. HC Kuo has thrown a scoreless 8th inning, K'ing 2. Box
Puerto Rico beat Taiwan 7-4 on Thursday, forcing a do-or-die game tomorrow night between the same two teams.
WJPA.com's recap of tonight's action:
"Gurabo Forces "If Necessary" Game
PR 1st--Daniel Flores walked. Vimael Machin hit a two-run homerun. PR 2, CT 0.
PR 3rd--Christian E. RIvera singled, stole second and scored on Vimael Machin's single to right. PR 3, CT 0.
CT 6th--Liu Chia Kai homered to center. Chu Li Jen homered to rightcenter. Chen Chi Yuan was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a Lin Yu Chih basehit. PR 3, CT 3.
PR 6th--Jan Ramos laid down a bunt single. Nelson Flores reached on a sacrifice/error. Miguel Riestra reached on a sacrifice/fielder's choice, loading the bases. After a flyout, Christian E. Rivera reached on an error, scoring Ramos. Vimael Machin singled to center, scoring Flores and Riestra. Richard Gonzalez singled to left, scoring Rivera. PR 7, CT 3.
CT 7th--Huang Hou Chi and Tseng Hsin Hao singled to start the inning. Hsu Hao Feng reached on a fielder's choice, Tseng's pinch runner out for interference. Liu CHia Kai reached on an error, loading the bases. Chiang Lee Wei walked. PR 7, CT 4."
In the Alameda World Tourney Baseball, Taiwan lost to the host team 2-0 yesterday.