Well, the NT finally won a close game, this time defeating Canada 6-5 in extra innings (12) to salvage a bit of lost pride.
Coach Hong pulled out all the stops, using his top starting pitchers available against Canada - lefty Wei-Yin Chen finally got his second appearance of the tourney (he started in the team's first game) and was then relieved by Wei-Lun Pan. Fu-Te Ni, pitching on one day's rest, was instrumental in the team's win. Ni relieved Pan and proceeded to throw 5 shutout innings, K'ing 6 and earned the win.
Offensively, Red Sox farmhand CF Che-Hsuan Lin finally found his stroke and led the team with a 3-5, HR, 2 RBI, SB performance. SS Chih-Sheng Lin hit his second HR of the tourney in as many nights. The team's other 2 US minor-leaguers, also had multiple hits: 2B Chih-Hsien Chiang was 2-6 with a 2B, the GW-RBI, SB while LF Kuo-Hui Lo was 2-4 with a 2B, RBI.
With the win, the team salvaged 5th place in the tourney. Despite failing to reach the medal round, the youngsters on the NT provided us with some solace and hope for the future. NT starters: Wei-Yin Chen (23), Kuo-Hui Lo (22), Chih-Hsien Chiang (20), and Che-Hsuan Lin (19) are all younger than 24.
Team's final stats
CC Chang Closing Out the Game:
CH Chiang's GW Hit in the 12th:
R - The GCL Indians lost 10-3 (game began on 8/8/08). CH Chen was 1-3 with a RBI and a BB. Box The GCL Indians lost today's game 1-0. CH Chen was 0-3. Box
R - The GCL Braves lost 6-2. CE Hung threw 1 scoreless inning. Box
R - The GCL Red Sox lost 4-1. CH Huang was 1-4. Box
R - The GCL Tigers won 9-3. CT Tang was 1-4 with an error. Box
AAA - Vegas won 8-5. CL Hu was 0-4 with an error. Box