With the opening round of WBC play only a few days away, the NT endured a crushing loss to the Seibu Lions, 13-2 in its last warmup match.
Bright spots for the NT? Chih-Hsien Chiang hit a 2-run HR in the 5th inning to account for all of the NT's runs. Che-Hsuan Lin and Yi-Chuan Lin both managed 3 hits each. As a whole, the team actually outhit the Lions 14-13.
Defensively, the team committed 2 errors in the field.
As for the pitching, the staff got roughed up for 13 runs on 13 hits:
Starter Yueh-Ping Lin gave up 5 runs in 3 innings (including a solo HR in the 3rd).
Kai-Wen Cheng threw 2 scoreless innings.
Yu-Cheng Liao was charged with 4 runs in 0.1 innings.
Po-Hsuan Keng threw 1.2 scoreless innings
Hong-Wen Chen gave up 4 runs in 1.1 innings (including a 2-run HR in the 9th).
Po-Yu Lin pitched the last 2/3 of the 9th inning, allowing no runs.
For the Lions, Ming-Chieh Hsu threw 3 shutout innings (7th, 8th, and 9th) to close out the game for his team.
Line Score/Play-By-Play (in Japanese)
The NT opens pool A play against South Korea on Friday. The game will be carried by ESPN2 at 1:30 AM Pacific. To miraculously advance to round 2 in San Diego, the NT will need to win 2 games in the first round - a tall order considering how the team fared in all of its warm up matches.
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