Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday Scores & News...

*HS Wood Bat Tourney - Elite 8 Action:
-Nan-Ying defeated Ping-Zhen 4-2. Picking up the CG win was Keng-Hao Chang. In 9 innings, he allowed 2 runs on 5 hits (7 K's, 5 BB's). Teammates: 3B Fu-Lin Kuo was 0-4, DH Wei-Yu Lai was 1-2 with a 2B and 3 RBI, CF Yung-Hsuan Chuang was 3-3 with a SB and a RBI. Ping-Zhen's starter was knocked out after giving up 4 unearned runs over the first 3.1 innings. Reliever Hao-Chun Chiu shut down Nan-Ying's offense over the last 4.2 innings (0 R, 3 H, 5 K's, 0 BB's).

-Shi-Yuan knocked off Chung-Dao from its undefeated perch with a close 1-0 victory. The game featured two of the tourney's top pitchers and they did not disappoint. Po-Chen Chi started for SY and threw 8 shutout innings, picking up the win (0 R, 5 H, 3 K's, 2 BB's). He was clocked in the upper 80's (88 mph). Pitching a CG in a losing effort was Yu-Te He of CDHS. He allowed 1 ER on 7 hits over 9 IP (8 K's, 0 BB's). CD leadoff hitter SS Hung-Hsiang Pan managed 2 of his team's collective 5 hits against Chi.

-Gao-Nong behind a CG shutout and gutty performance by Cheng-Hao Wang (9 IP, 0 R, 9 H, 5 K's, 2 BB's) defeated Qiang-Shu 1-0. Ching-Hung Lee took the loss after allowing 1 unearned run on 5 hits over 7.1 IP (6 K's, 5 BB's). GN 1B Wei-Da Su was 1-2.

-Ku-Pao defeated Mei-Ho 9-2 in 7 innings. After being spotted a 6-run lead, KP starter Kuan-Yu Chen was pulled in his 1 inning of work (3 K's, 0 BB's). Offensively for Ku-Pao: SS Wei-Chen Wang was 2-4 with 2 SB/ 2B Yu-Hsiang Chen was 3-4 with a 2B, 3B, and 2 RBI/1B Chun-Hung Kuo was 2-4 with a 3B and RBI.

*The Lions' top pick from last year, Wei-Hua Lee, has signed with the team after agreeing to a 3 million NT bonus ($89,700 USD). He'll make roughly $3,000 USD/month next year. Lee fared well this past year in the CPBL minors - he was 5-1 with a 1.70 ERA (56 K's in 58.1 IP). The lefty has been clocked at a high of 91 mph.

*More on the HS Wood Bat Tourney - Classic Examples of Overuse:
Despite taking the loss yesterday against Ku-Pao HS, Hua-Lien PE HS RHP Chung-Cheng Chiang was still clocked at a high of 88 mph. Pretty amazing when you consider the fact that he threw 432 pitches over 27.2 innings (5 game appearances) in a 10 day span!
Qiang-Shu's winning starter yesterday, Chi-Hao Yang threw a CG win that required 122 pitches.

*RHP Kai-Wen Cheng is weighing his options right now and may make a decision by next week if he'll play in Japan or the US should he get the right offer.

*The technical college league baseball tourney has kicked off.

*Japan's Meiji University is in Kaoshiung right now. The team will face three local squads: Taiwan Power on the 11th to open the series and finishing on the 14th against the Taiwan Coop Bank.


Stevo said...

Something's gotta be done about the problem of abusing Taiwan's elite young pitchers. The short-sighted coaches need to be penalized somehow.

TTT said...

Agreed - kids futures are being sacrificed at the expense of winning.