Saturday, June 30, 2007

WC Lin Hits HR #11

WC Lin hit HR #11 and was 3-4 with 2 RBI's - he was a triple short of the cycle. The Tigers won 8-2. Box

Kuo was demoted to Vegas on Sat.

R - CH Lin was 1-4 with a RBI as the GCL Red Sox lost to the Orioles 11-3. Box

R - In other GCL action, the Twins beat the Pirates 6-1. WW Lin was 2-4 with a double. Box

R - In a game that was suspended last night but completed today - the Bristol Sox won 6-3. Lin pitched 2 scoreless innings yesterday. Box

A - Greenville lost 9-5. Chiang was 2-4. Box

A SS - Wu was 2-4 as Kinston won 5-2. Box

AA - Jacksonville lost 5-2. Hu was 0-4. Box

Bulls 5 - Cobras 4: 1B Kuo-Long Hsu hit a key 2-run HR to help the Bulls rally for 5 runs in the 7th inning - he was game MVP.

Whales 9 - Lions 8: Game MVP honors went to 1B Chien-Wei Chen for driving in the winning run in the 12th inning. His teammate LF Tai-Yong Kuo was 3-5 with 4 RBI's. Opposing hitter, Tilson Brito hit his league-leading 17th HR of the season. Brito's teammate Kuo-Ching Kao was 4-6 with 3 doubles and a RBI.

Team USA defeated Taiwan 7-0 last night in the opening game of the series. Read more of the game recap here.

Friday, June 29, 2007

2007 Junior NT Preliminary Roster

In forming the 2007 junior NT, the CTBA has announced a training list that includes 36 young men at this time. The final roster (only 18 will be selected) will be chosen after July 8th.

Pitchers (14)
1)Hsien-Ting Peng

2)Che-Min Su

3)Rong-Hao Hsieh - 16 year old ace - clocked at 94 mph recently/on 2006 Youth NT

4)Kuan-Han Lin

5)Chia-Liang Hong

6)Kuo-Yu Lin

7)Shih-Chieh Hsu

8)Hao-Chun Chiu

9)Chih-Lung Huang - owner of a 93 mph fastball/on 2006 Junior NT

10)De-Jen Chen - although he only throws 84-85 mph, K'd 19 batters in a game during the Yu-Shan Cup

11)Han-Wei Yang

12)Keng-Hao Chang - future Nan-Ying ace?

13)Wen-Hao Cheng - throws hard > clocked at 92 mph

14)Hsin-De Chiang

Catchers (4)

1)Chia-Chu Chen - on 2006 Junior NT

2)Chun-Sheng Huang

3)Shao-Ming Ke

4)Ming-Hsun Wu

Infielders (10)

1)Po-Ting Hsiao - on 2005 Youth NT/2006 Junior NT

2)Wei-Ting Lin

3)Po-Yi Wu

4)Chih-Chiang Chang

5)Pin-Chieh Chen

6)Wei-Han Chen

7)Chih-Yuan Lian

8)Chia-Wei Yan

9)Yu-Si Huang

10)Chen-Yu Hong

Outfielders (8)

1)Shen-Kuo Feng

2)Jui-Hua Yang

3)Ming-Jen Hsieh

4)Shen-Chen Chen

5)Chia-Yang Chen

6)Yu-Hsin Chu - on 2006 Junior NT

7)Kuo-Lung Lo - Kuo-Hui Lo's lil bro

8)Pin-Wei Zhao

The final roster will then head to the US - Joplin, MO for a week in August - the 14th to the 22nd for continued training before competing in the 7th annual Asian Junior Baseball Championships in Taiwan August 25th through the 29th.

Ugly Outing for Kuo...

Kuo was cruising through the first 3 innings before the Padres knocked him out of the game in the 4th inning. 5 hits (including a 3 run HR) and a walk would plate 4 runs for the Padres. Rudy Seanez, who relieved Kuo would allow 2 more inherited base runners to score - thus giving Kuo an ugly line on the night: 3.1 IP 7 runs 6 hits 3 BB 3 K's. Kuo was clocked between 88-91 mph on his fastball. Kuo is in line to pick up his 4th loss of the season while his ERA has inflated to 7.71 after tonight's performance. Box

Tsao has been activated/recalled by the Dodgers - and pitched a scoreless 9th inning last night.*updated*


R - GCL action - Red 5 - Red Sox 4: CH Lin was 0-3 with a walk and his 3rd SB of the season - he did have 3 K's. CH Huang was the main offensive force for the Sox tonight as he was 2-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI's. Box

Bad news regarding Red Sox prospect WY Lin - he might be out for the season as he's been placed on the 60 day DL per BA. On the same page, the Mariners placed CA Huang on the military list - so we won't be seeing him in the US this year.

A SS - Tri-City won 6-1. Kuo pitched well as he picked up win #2 on the young season. Kuo threw 6.1 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits to go along with 4 walks and 7 K's. Box

A - Wisky lost 8-0. Lo was 0-2 with 2 walks. Box

A - Greenville lost 19-6. Chiang was 1-2 with a walk. Box

AA - Well, it appears that Ching-Lung Lo is out with an injury - he hasn't pitched since his last start on June 18th.

AA - Jacksonville won 6-0. Hu was 1-4 with a double and a walk - he did commit his 9th error of the season. Box
For the second year in a row, Hu has been named a Southern League All-Star.

Bears 4 - Bulls 3: Gary Rath won his 9th game of the season, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits - he did have 7 K's and 3 walks. Bears RF Chien-Wei Tsai was game MVP with a 2-4/2 RBI night. Tarzan had a big night for the Bulls, slamming HR #9 while going 3-3 with a double and 2 RBI's.

Lions 9 - Elephants 2: Game MVP Pete Munro picked up victory #6 on the season as he limited the Elephants prolific offense to 2 runs (1 earned) over 7 innings - allowing only 4 hits and K'ing 4. Chia-Chia was 1-4.

Team USA and Team Taiwan faced off tonight in the opening game of the friendly series. Check here for the results.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

NY Game Suspended....

Heavy rains would cause today's game between the Yanks and Orioles to be suspended during the top of the 8th inning. Chien-Ming Wang started for the Yanks and allowed 6 runs on 9 hits over 6.1 innings. Entering the bottom of the 7th inning, Wang found himself with another 4-2 lead. Unfortunately, he was unable to hold the lead and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks in the inning and left the game down 6-4. Fortunately for Wang, the Yankees offense would pick things up and score 4 runs of its own in the 8th inning. Wang would earn a ND upon completion of this game in July. Box

Kuo will pitch tomorrow vs. Chris Young and the Padres.

A+ - Kinston won 6-3. Tseng won his 2nd game of the season - allowing 3 runs on 4 hits over 7 innings. Box

A - Lansing lost 4-2. Keng pitched 2.1 perfect innings. Box

A - Greenville won 6-5. Chiang was 0-5 and committed his 5th error of the season. Box

A SS - Nice article on Po-Yu Lin.

Lions 10 - Elephants 3: Game MVP honors went to Chih-Kang Kao who was 2-5 with a RBI. The Elephant would waste a strong starting performance from Joe Dawley who pitched 6 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits to go along with 6 K's. Chia-Chia was 1-4.

CK Lee picked up win #3 on the season for the Bucs - he allowed 2 runs on 9 hits over 7.2 innings on Wednesday. Box/PlayByPlay

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Wed. Rundown...

NPB Nigun:
Yang was 0-4 as his team collected 16 hits in an 11-9 loss.

AAA - Chin-Hui Tsao is scheduled to make an appearance in tonight's game in Vegas. Box

A - Chiang was 1-1 with a pinch-hit 2 run double. Greenville won 19-8. Box

A - Wisky lost 5-2. Lo was 1-5 with another OF assist. Box

R - In the GCL, the Red Sox beat the Twins 7-5. WW Lin was 0-1, while CH Lin was 0-2 with 2 walks, a sac-fly RBI, and his 2nd SB of the season. Huang was 1-4 with a double and a RBI. Box

R - In other GCL action, Chiu failed to survive the first inning as the Reds lost to the Orioles 16-7. Chiu allowed 5 runs on 5 hits (including 2 HR's) in 2/3 of an inning. Box

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Tuesday Scoreboard....

R - GCL action : Red Sox 15 - Pirates 9 > CH Lin had his first multi-hit game, going 3-6 with a double and swiped his first base of the season. Box

R - Other GCL action: The Twins beat the Reds 1-0. WW Lin was 0-4 as the DH. Box

A - Greenville won both of its games today by a 3-2 score. In game 1, Chiang was 1-4 with a RBI. Box Chiang was 0-3 in game 2. Box

A - Wisky is losing 4-2 in the 7th inning. Lo is currently 0-3 and although he committed a fielding error in the 4th inning, he atoned for his mistake by gathering an OF assist in the same inning. Box

AA - Jacksonville lost 5-1. Hu was 1-4. Box
An article on Hu and the world team middle infield roster.

NPB Minors:
Yang was 2-6 in his team's 11-8 loss.

Cheng-Chang Lee picked up win #3 for the Bucs as he allowed 1 run on 4 hits over 7 innings. The Bucs won 7-1 on Monday. Box/PlaybyPlay

Misc - Amateur:
The Korean HS baseball championships are going on right now. The top eligible players will compete in this year's Asian Junior Baseball Championships in Taiwan.

There isn't too much info on who will represent Japan in the AAA Junior Championships, but the top concensus HS player in Japan right now is Sho Nakata. Here's a Youtube vid of him pitching - although his future in proball is projected as an OF.

Monday, June 25, 2007

6/25/07 Recap....

R - In the GCL, the Red Sox lost to the Orioles 8-4. CH Lin struggled at the plate going 0-5 with 4 K's - the plus is he collected another OF assist gunning down a base runner trying to stretch a double into a triple. Lin will need some time to get his batting stroke going - aside from his GCL play, his last competitive ball game was back in February. CH Huang was 1-4 with a walk. Box

A - Wisky is up 10-3 in the 6th inning. Lo is currently 3-3 as his BA has finally cracked the .280 mark. Box

AA- Jacksonville is up 2-1 in the 7th inning. Hu is 1-3 with a walk so far. Box

Wang's next start will be on Thursday against Daniel Cabrera and the Orioles.

Yang was 3-4 in a nigun game yesterday.

Cobras 5 - Whales 4: Cobras SS Ming-Jen Kuo earned game MVP honors after going 3-5 at the plate and driving in 2 runs - he also hit his 2nd HR of the season. Yu-Chieh Shen pitched well in relief for the Whales, throwing 5 innings of shutout ball while giving up only 2 hits to go along with 7 K's.
With the win, the Cobras sealed the deal on being crowned the first half CPBL champs.*updated*

The Taiwanese NT (collegiate level) will play a 5 game series with the US NT beginning this Friday. For game recaps and box scores go here.

The Taiwanese junior NT will play the US junior NT sometime in August (13th-19th) in an exhibition series. Check out the US junior NT preliminary roster here.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Tough Loss for Kuo....

Kuo took the loss today against the D-Rays in a game where he probably should have earned a ND. The Dodgers spotted Kuo an early 2 run lead thanks to Gonzo's 2 run HR. Kuo pitched well through the first 3 innings, allowing only a leadoff - first pitch HR to Ty Wigginton in the 2nd inning. Kuo would allow another run to score in the 4th after Delmon Young singled in Carl Crawford. After facing 2 batters in the 6th inning (allowing a leadoff double and then K'ing the next hitter), Kuo was pulled when his pitch count reached 95. Kuo was pitching only on 3 days rest after his last disastrous outing against the Jays. Reliever Rudy Seanez would come in to relieve Kuo with an inherited runner on 2nd base. The first batter Seanez faced would single to LF and Luis Gonzalez would make a strong throw that beat the runner to home plate. Unfortunately Dodgers C Mike Lieberthal had the ball knocked out of his mitt and the D-Rays would take a lead that they wouldn't relinquish. Kuo was charged with the earned run- his 3rd of the game. The Dodgers would end up losing 9-4. Kuo pitched very well - allowing 3 runs on only 4 hits over 5.1 innings. He had 8 K's (getting Iwamura and Crawford twice) with only 1 walk while clocking 91-93 and topping out at 94 mph on his fastball. Box/Recap

Lin was 0-4 as his team fell to the Fighters 3-1. His BA is down to .303 now. Box

R - No update for the scheduled game between the GCL Reds and Red Sox. In the meantime, check out Che-Hsuan Lin's own website/blog - lots of pics.

SS A - Sheng-An Kuo earned a ND, but pitched well despite his team's 5-2 loss on Sunday. Kuo threw 7.1 innings, allowing only 1 run on 4 hits to go along with 7 K's. Kuo left the game after an apparent foot injury. Box

A - Greenville lost 8-4. Chiang was 1-4. Box

A - Keng got hammered today in a relief appearance - allowing 5 runs on 6 hits (including 2 HR's) in 2 innings. He earned his 4th loss of the season as Lansing lost 6-1. Box

AA - Jacksonville lost 3-2. Hu was 1-5 with a double. Box

Lions 11 - Bulls 2: Game MVP Pete Munro spun a good game against the Bulls, allowing only 1 run and 3 hits over 6 innings. He received some run support from slugger Kuo-Ching Kao, who cracked his 12th HR of the season. For the Bulls, Tarzan was 1-4 with a double and a RBI.

Elephants 9 - Bears 3: The Bears wasted a good performance from SP Yu-Wei Hsu who allowed 2 runs over 6.1 innings while K'ing 6. The Bears bullpen would melt down allowing 7 runs over the last 2 innings. Game MVP honors went to Elephants LF Antonio Alvarez who cracked his 6th HR of the season and was 3-4 with 4 RBI's. Chia-Chia was 1-4 with a double, while CFC was 1-3 with a double.

Taipei County was upset by Taoyuan County in the championship game of the Yu-Shan Cup 2-1. Pitching for Taipei County was Kupao pitcher Rong-Hao Hsieh. Hsieh was the story of the tourney, clocking 94 mph in the championship game while throwing consistently around 91 mph - remember this kid is 16 years old. Despite his dominant fastball, Hsieh took yet another loss in a championship game (he lost to Che-Hsuan Lin and Nan-Ying in Feb.) Hsieh threw a complete game, allowing the 2 runs on 8 hits to go along with 6 K's. The Asian Junior Baseball Championships coming up this fall will have its roster made up primarily of players from the Taoyuan County team.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Wang Earns a ND...

Chien-Ming Wang had difficulty finding the strike zone on Sat. versus the Giants and ended up with a ND after relievers Myers and Bruney were unable to hold on to a 4-3 lead in the 7th inning. Wang was partly to blame as well - entering the 7th inning with a 4-2 lead - he allowed a solo HR and a single before being pulled. Of the 86 pitches Wang threw, only 46 were called strikes. Wang pitched 6.1 innings, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits - he had 2 walks and 0 K's. The Giants would eventually come out on top with a 6-5 win that lasted 13 innings. The ND snaps Wang's 4 game win-streak. Box/Recap

-Here's a link to some pics taken from yesterday's game between the GCL Red Sox and Twins. The players featured are Wang-Wei and Che-Hsuan Lin.

-Po-Yu Lin's comments on his victory yesterday.

A - Chiang was 1-4 with his 4th HR of the season. Greenville won 7-2. Box

A - Wisky won 5-2. Lo was 2-4 with a triple and a RBI. Box

AA - Jacksonville won 5-2. Hu was 0-4. Box

The Tigers lost 6-4. Lin faced off against Fighters ace Yu Darvish and struggled - K'ing 3 times. Lin was 1-5 in the game. Box

Yang was 0-5 in his nigun game.

Lions 8 - Bears 5: Wu-Hsiung Pan earned game MVP honors for the Lions as he drove in 3 runs while going 2-5 at the plate. The offensive star for the Bears was Long-Yi Huang, who hit his 4th HR of the season and was 3-4 with 4 RBI's. CFC was 3-3 on the night.

Friday, June 22, 2007

A Whole Lotta Lin(s) Going 'Round....

R - Checking out the box score for the GCL game between the Red Sox and Twins had me seeing double - Che-Hsuan Lin and Wang-Wei Lin faced off against each other today - how appropriate, the Chinese character for Lin: is made up of twin radicals & Wang-Wei's twin brother is Red Sox righty Wang-Yi Lin.

The Lin Twins: W.Y.(L) & W.W.(R)

The two former junior NT teammates did well - Wang-Wei Lin was 2-5 with a double, a RBI, and his 2nd SB of the season - while Che-Hsuan Lin got his first hit of the season, going 1-4 while also gunning down a man at the plate for his 1st OF assist of the season. C.H. Lin was also picked off at 1st base. C.H. Lin's teammate C.H. Huang was 1-3. The Twins beat the Red Sox 4-0. Box

R - Po-Yu Lin was very impressive in his debut for the Bristol Sox. Lin threw a 6 inning shutout earning his first career pro win, allowing only 4 hits to go along with 7 K's and 0 walks. Bristol won 8-0. Box

A - Greenville lost 8-5. Chiang was 0-3 with a walk and 2 K's. Box

A - Wisky is currently losing 3-0 in the 8th inning. Lo is 2-2 with a double, a walk, and his 16th SB of the season. Box

A+ - Tseng picked up loss #6 on the season as Kinston lost 5-2. Tseng lasted 6.1 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits to go along with 2 K's and 4 walks. Box

AA - Hu's heating up! - Jacksonville won game 1 of a doubleheader 5-4. Hu was 1-1 with 2 walks and hit his 4th HR of the season - a solo shot. He also had his 11th SB of the season. Box
In game 2, Hu hit his 5th HR of the season and is currently 2-3 as his team is up 4-0 in the 7th inning. Box

-Wang's start vs. the SF Giants will be televised by Fox at 12:30 PM Pacific.
-Kuo's start vs. Tampa Bay will be on local TV - Fox Prime West at 10:30 AM Pacific.

Elephants 6 - Bears 4: Game MVP honors went to Chia-Chia as he hit his league-leading 16th HR of the season - he was 3-4 at the plate. CFC was 0-1 as a PH.

Lions 3 - Bulls 2: Tilson Brito hit HR #16 to tie Chia-Chia for the league lead in that dept and helped pitcher Chih-Chiang Chang win his first game of the season. Chang threw 5.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits - he was voted game MVP. For the Bulls, Tarzan was 2-4 with 2 doubles.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

More Short Season Debuts....

R - Che-Hsuan Lin made his debut with the GCL Red Sox. He was 0-3 with a sac-fly RBI. The Red Sox won 4-3. Box

R - In other GCL action, the Reds won 6-2 over the Twins. W.W. Lin DNP, but Tzu-Kai Chiu made his pro debut and was fairly impressive in his starting role - throwing 4 shutout innings allowing only 2 hits. Box

A - Greenville won 12-3. Chiang was 1-4 with a RBI. Box

A - Lansing won 9-1. Keng threw 1 shutout inning. Box

A - Wisky is losing 7-6 in the 7th inning. Lo is currently 1-3 with a double and a sac-fly RBI. Box

AA - Hu was 1-4 in Jacksonville's game one 4-1 win. Box He's currently 1-3 in game two. Box
As mentioned by Cor, Hu has been named to the World Team (his 2nd time) that will play the US Team in the 2007 Futures All-Star Game.

Kuo will start this Sunday against Tampa Bay. The article also mentions Tsao possibly having two rehab appearances in the minors before getting the call up. More on Tsao's progress.

Lions 2 - Whales 1: Game MVP honors went to Wayne Franklin for stifling the Whales offense. Franklin pitched 8 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits - he also had 7 K's. Whales SP Fu-Deh Ni was the hard-luck loser - allowing 2 runs on 5 hits over 7.2 innings - he did have 7 K's as well.

Bulls 7 - Elephants 3: Tarzan was game MVP for his 2-3 / 2 RBI performance on the night. Chia-Chia was 0-4.

C.C. Lee picked up win #2 yesterday for the Bucs. He threw 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits - to go along with 3 K's and 2 walks. Box/PlayByPlay

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Kuo Roughed Up....

Kuo's third start of the season against the Blue Jays wasn't pretty. Kuo didn't survive the second inning, in which the Blue Jays batted around on him. The "Big Hurt" started the inning with a double and ended the inning with a huge grand slam against Kuo. After a 1-2-3 first inning, Kuo allowed 8 runs on 6 hits in the 2nd inning alone. Two walks allowed by Kuo in the inning didn't help either as both runners would end up scoring. Box/Recap
Hopefully Kuo can shake this one off and give another quality start the next time out.

Wang's next start in SF is expected to be well received by the Taiwanese diaspora in the area.

Lin was 1-5 as the Tigers won 5-0. Box

R - Wang-Wei Lin made his debut with the GCL Twins - he was 0-3 with a walk as the DH - he also stole his 1st base of the season. The Twins beat the Pirates 5-3. Box

Article on Hu potentially getting called up to Vegas at the All-Star Break.

Cobras 10 - Whales 3: Game MVP Si-Chi Chou hit a grand slam in the 7th inning to help propel his team to the win. Teammate Chia-Hsien Hsieh hit his 13th HR of the season and was 4-5 with a double and 2 RBI's. Jeremy Hill won his 4th game of the season for the Cobras.

Elephants 6 - Bulls 0: Joe Dawley won his 5th game of the season shutting out the Bulls over 6.1 innings. He allowed 7 hits and had 6 K's - earning game MVP honors. Tarzan was 1-5 for the Bulls, while Chia-Chia was 2-3 for the Elephants.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Gearing Up for Short-Season Ball.....

R - Lin is currently not listed on the Red Sox GCL roster - but do expect him to play in the GCL soon. The Red Sox won 2-1 today. Starting at 3B C.H. Huang was 0-3 with a walk. Box

SS A - Sheng-An Kuo is on the Tri-City Dust Devils roster. He was scheduled to pitch the season opener - and promptly won in his debut. Kuo pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits. Box
Read more about Kuo here. *Edited/Updated

Lin was 0-4 with 2 K's as the Tigers won 1-0. Box

Elephants 5 - Lions 2: Relief pitcher Todd Moser was voted game MVP for helping to shut down the Lions offense over 4 innings. All of the Lions runs came on Tilson Brito's 2 run shot (15th on the season) in the first inning. Chia-Chia was 1-4 for the Elephants. Pete Munro earned a ND despite a stellar performance - 7 innings - 2 runs - 8 hits - 5 K's.
Bears 5 - Bulls 2: CF Long-Yi Huang earned game MVP honors after going 4-5 with a double and 2 RBI's. 1B Kuo-Long Hsu was 3-4 for the Bulls while Tarzan was 1-3.


The Yu-Shan Cup is going on in Taiwan to help determine which kids will represent Taiwan in the AAA Asian Junior Baseball Championships (will take place in Taichung, Taiwan at the end of August through early September). Taipei County - one of the team entries, is represented by two of the bigger names in the tourney - pitchers Chih-Lung Huang (who has been clocked at 93 mph in the tourney) and Rong-Hao Hsieh.



Monday, June 18, 2007

Monday Rundown....

AA - Jacksonville won 12-5. Hu was 1-4 with his 10th SB of the season. Box

AA - Lo is in line to pick up his first victory since April! Lo pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 9 hits. Tulsa is winning 12-3 in the 8th inning. Box

Bears 6 - Whales 5: Game MVP - Bears OF Hao-Chu Tseng helped lead his team to an extra innings win over the Whales with a 3-5 /1 RBI performance at the plate. CFC DNP.

Chu-Kuan Lee picked up win #2 on the season for the Bucs on Sunday. Lee threw a 5 inning shutout, allowing 4 hits - he did have 4 K's, but also walked 4. The Bucs won 18-5. Box/PlaybyPlay

The Yanks announced the signing of 2 teenage kids from China today. This is an interesting move since the Yankees have been conspicuously absent in Taiwan recently - (John Cox, the Yanks former Pac-Rim Coordinator who signed Chien-Ming Wang in 2000 was fired last year).

The Mariners set the precedent (with signing Chinese players) when they signed 16 year old Chao Wang from China in 2001 (who has since then been released from the organization).

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Near CG Win for Wang....


Leaving the game to a standing "O"
AP Photo

Wang was simply dominant for the majority of the game versus the Mets. Wang chalked up 10 K's - a career high, mixing in his ever-improving slider and change-up to complement his sinker against the NY Mets - who sported the top hitting lineup in the National League. Before hitting a pitch count of 113 pitches, Wang lasted 8.2 innings - allowing 2 runs on 6 hits - to go along with 10 K's and 1 walk. Despite fatiguing in the 9th inning (Wang was leaving pitches up in the zone) - he was still hitting 95 mph on the gun. Wang is now 6-1 in his last 7 starts (7-4 overall) and lowers his ERA on the season to 3.33. - Simply a tremendous showing from the young man.

Lin was 1-5 in a game that ended in a 0-0 extra innings tie. Box

Yang hit his first HR since returning to the nigun team - he was 2-5 with 2 RBI's.

AA - Jacksonville won 5-4. Hu was a HR short of the cycle. He was 3-4 with a RBI and a walk. Box

A+ - Wu was 1-4 as Kinston lost 3-0. Box

A - Greenville won 12-7. Chiang was 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI's as the team's DH. Box

A - Lo finally had a good night at the plate - he was 4-5 with 2 RBI's and 2 SB's (giving him 15 on the season). Lo also had another OF assist. Wisky won 6-2. Box

Whales 12 - Elephants 2: Whales starter Wei-Ming Chu picked up victory #3 with a 5 inning - 1 run on 4 hits effort. He was game MVP. Chia-Chia was 1-3.

Lions 6 - Bulls 1: Wei-Lun Pan showed why he is one of the best pitchers in the CPBL - winning his league-leading 9th victory over the Bulls. Pan, game MVP - threw 6 innings allowing only 1 run 5 hits. Tilson Brito backed Pan with a nice night at the plate - going 3-5 with a HR (his 14th on the season) and a RBI. Tarzan drove in the lone run for the Bulls - he was 1-4.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Sat. Scoreboard....

AA - Jacksonville won 8-2. Hu was 1-5. Box

A - Greenville won 5-4. Chiang was 1-4. Box

A - Wisky is tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Lo is currently 2-5 with his 3rd error of the season and another OF assist. Box

A - Lansing lost game 2 of a doubleheader - Keng allowed 1 hit in 0.1 innings. Box

Wang will start the series finale versus cross-town rival - the NY Mets tomorrow. His mound opponent will be Orlando Hernandez. Hopefully Wang picked up a few tips from Kuo, who owns both of his career victories against the Mets.

Kuo is scheduled to pitch on Wed. against the Blue Jays. He will face another tough mound opponent in Roy Halladay.

Lin broke out of a mini-slump with a big game for the Tigers. Lin was 3-4, hitting his 10th HR of the season, and was intentionally walked in the 9th inning - the Tigers would put up 9 runs in that inning. The Tigers beat the Marines 11-7. Box

Yang is 2-9 since returning to the Fighter's nigun team.

Bears 4 - Cobras 3: The Bears gained a game on the first-place Cobras behind strong performances by SP Gary Rath (picked up win #8 throwing 7.2 innings - allowing 3 runs on 9 hits) and game MVP Chih-Sheng Lin who hit HR # 8 and was 2-4 with 3 RBI's. CFC DNP for the Bears.

Bulls 5 - Lions 2: The Bulls kept pace with the Bears and also remain 1.5 games behind the Cobras by beating the Lions on the strength of Tarzan's 8th HR of the season. Tarzan, who was the game MVP was 2-3 with 2 RBI's. The Bulls pitching staff limited the Lions to just 5 hits - although 2 of the hits were solo homers by Chih-Kang Kao (#3 on the season) and Lien-Hung Chen (#4 on the season).

Chen-Chang Lee picked up win #1 on the season with the Anchorage Bucs on Thursday night. Lee shut down the Bears, throwing 7 innings - allowing 1 run on 3 hits to go along with 9 K's and 2 walks. The Bucs won 2-1. He was clocked in the low 90's. Box

Friday, June 15, 2007

Friday Night Scores.....

AA - Hu was 2-4 with a double, a walk, and his 9th SB of the season. Box

A - Greenville won 5-3. Chiang was 0-3 with a walk. Box


Cobras 3 - Bears 1: Behind a strong complete game performance by SP Jeremy Hill, the first place Cobras were able to hold off the Bears who are 2.5 games behind the Cobras. Hill, the game MVP, allowed 1 run on 5 hits, K'ing 8. The lone run for the Bears came from the bat of CFC who hit his 10th HR of the season - he was 1-4. For the Cobras, Chia-Hsien Hsieh was 3-4 with a double.

Article on Wang

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Thursday Review....

AA - Hu was 0-4 with a walk as Jacksonville won 7-5. Box

A+ - Tseng finally earned a victory in his young pro career by pitching Kinston past Lynchburg 8-3. Tseng lasted 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits. Box

A - Greenville won 11-5. Chiang was 1-4 with a triple. Box

A - Lansing won 8-2. Keng allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in one inning. Box

A - Wisconsin lost 5-1. Lo was 1-4. Box

Wei-Chu Lin is in a mini-slump going 0-5 with 3 K's as his Tigers lost 4-3. Box

The Fighters demoted Chung-Shou Yang to the nigun team. Yang was hitting only .200 with the parent club.

Bulls 3 - Elephants 1: Game MVP honors went to Bulls SP Iba Tomokazu who threw 8 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 4 hits. Iba got some insurance run support from "Tarzan", who hit his 7th HR of the season. "Chia-Chia" was 1-3.

Kuo's batting helmet is going to Cooperstown - read more here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

6/13/07 Recap....

AA - Jacksonville won 4-0. Hu was 0-4. Box

AA - Lo earned a ND today, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits through 6 innings. He did have 6 K's. Tulsa lost 3-2. Box

A+ - Wu appeared in game 2 of a doubleheader for Kinston. He was 0-2 as Kinston won 1-0. Box

A - Wisky won 5-2. Lo was 0-3. Box

A - Greenville lost 4-3. Chiang returned to the starting lineup and was 3-3 with a double and 2 walks. Box

Lin was 0-4 with 2 K's as the Tigers got blanked by the Seibu Lions 7-0. Box

Elephants 3 - Lions 0: Game MVP honors went to Elephants SP Joey Dawley who was dominant, throwing 7 shutout innings, allowing only 2 hits and K'ing 10. He now has 4 wins on the year. Chia-Chia was 1-4.

Bulls 1 - Whales 0: Bulls SP Chung-Nan Tsai earned his first victory of the season in impressive fashion - throwing 6 shutout innings allowing only 4 hits. He picked up game MVP honors.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Night to Remember - Wang outduels Webb/Kuo Homers and Wins!!


Barton Silverman/NY Times

Chien-Ming Wang had another outstanding outing, limiting the Arizona Diamondbacks to 1 run on 6 hits over 7 innings. The one run came on a rare HR allowed by Wang in the 4th inning that was left up over the plate. Brandon Webb, last season's NL Cy Young Winner, pitched well but got in a hole early when he too allowed a 3-run HR. Wang improves to 6-4 and lowers his ERA to 3.49. Wang (3 consecutive wins now) and the Yankees (winners of 7 straight) are on a roll after tonight's 4-1 win. Box/Recap

HR Trot - AP Photo

AP Photo

Topping Wang's performance is pretty tough, but Kuo did just that tonight. Facing off against the NY Mets potent lineup, Kuo threw 7 innings - allowing 1 run on 5 hits. The most impressive part of tonight's pitching performance was Kuo's improved command of the strikezone - 59/89 pitches went for strikes. Kuo was clocked at 88-92 mph on his fastball.
Kuo helped his cause by unloading a solo 412 foot shot in the 2nd inning - the last of back-back-back homeruns for the Dodgers - all 3 HR's came on 3 consecutive pitches from Mets SP John Maine. Kuo caused a little controversy with what is now being called the "Kuo throw" when he flipped his bat after homering. In the post game interview, Mets Manager Willie Randolph didn't seem very pleased with Kuo's actions. From my point of view, it was Kuo's first - and maybe last ML HR - so it's not like he knows what to do in a situation like this - bottom line: it wasn't his intention to spite Maine and the Mets. Kuo picks up career win # 2 and his ERA is now at 3.60. Final score: Dodgers 4 - Mets 1. Box

Here's a vid that I uploaded of Kuo's HR: Link

The Seibu Lions deactivated Ming-Chieh Hsu.

A - Greenville lost in extra innings 9-8. Chiang as a PH, walked in his only PA. Box

A - Wisky won 4-2. Lo was 1-3 with a triple and 2 RBI's. Box

Bulls 4 - Whales 1: The Bulls got a great outing from Chien-Fu Yang, who allowed 1 unearned run on 4 hits over 7 innings. Unfortunately for Yang, he would earn a ND, but he did manage 7 K's to go along with 2 walks. Game MVP went to "Tarzan" as he cracked his 6th HR of the season, a 3-run shot in the 8th inning that would prove to be the difference in the game. Tarzan was 2-4 with 3 RBI's.

Chu-Kuan Lee earned the victory for the Bucs on Monday night. The Bucs won 9-3. Lee pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits - he also had 8 K's and 2 walks. Box/PlaybyPlay

Monday, June 11, 2007

Lin & Monday Scores....

Lin's signing was made official today in Taiwan. The Taipei Times quotes Red Sox Pac-Rim Coordinator John Deeble on Lin: "We wish him well. We think he is a very special player. (Lin has) four pluses as a runner, a defender, a thrower, and playing with great range."

Here he is in his Red Sox garb wearing #51 in honor of his favorite player - Ichiro.

According to news reports, Lin has been timed going from home to first base at 3.8 seconds. That puts him in some elite company - Ichiro out of the batter's box from the left side has been timed around 3.6 to 3.7 seconds. Lin's time (as a RHH) easily grades out at as an 80/80 on the scouting scale for speed. We'll get to see how his speed translates on the base paths this year in the GCL. Lin is scheduled to leave for the US on the 16th of June and will begin his career in the US a few days later ~ 19th of June. Lin is in a rush to get his career started because he hopes to make "The Show" in 4 years. Good luck to Lin and congrats to the Boston Red Sox!

Lin was 1-4 as the Tigers got shutout Monday 1-0. Box

Yang continues to struggle with the parent club. He was 0-2 with 2 K's as the Fighters lost 1-0. Box

AA - Jacksonville won 7-4. Hu was 2-5 with a RBI. Box

A - Wisky lost 3-0. Lo was 1-4. Box

Sunday, June 10, 2007

6/10 Recap....

It looks like both Kuo and Wang will be pitching on Tuesday for their respective ball clubs: Kuo is scheduled to match up against John Maine and the NY Mets, while Wang will face fellow sinker-ball ace Brandon Webb and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

With the game tied at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning, Wei-Chu Lin delivered a walk-off 2 run HR (his 9th of the season) to win the game for the Hanshin Tigers over the Hawks. That was Lin's only hit of the night in 5 AB's. Box

Slow day in the minors:
AA - Hu was 0-4 with a walk as the Suns lost 8-2. Box

Bears 2 - Whales 1: Gary Rath threw 7 strong innings for the Bears, allowing only 1 run on 7 hits. His opponent on the mound, Chao-Hao Tseng earned a ND despite also allowing only 1 run on 5 hits through 7 innings. Game MVP honors went to Bears ss Chih-Sheng Lin (1-4) for driving in the GW run in the 8th inning. Teammate CFC was 0-4.

Cobras 2 - Lions 0: Game MVP Jeremy Hill picked up the win for the Cobras, throwing 6.2 scoreless innings - allowing only 5 hits. Slugger Chia-Hsien Hsieh cracked HR #12 in the 6th inning, providing all the run support Hill would need.

Cheng-Chang Lee made his debut for the Anchorage Bucs against the Bears of California yesterday. Lee gave up 3 runs on 7 hits in 7 innings. He did have 8 K's and 2 walks, earning a ND as the Bucs prevailed 5-4. Box/Play-by-Play

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Sat. Scoreboard...

AA - Jacksonville won 7-3. Hu hit his 3rd HR of the season and was 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI's. Box

A+ - Wow, how unlucky can one be? Tseng earned yet another ND (and is winless in 10 starts) after today's 5 inning outing. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits as his team eventually won 5-2. Box

A - Lansing lost 8-7. Keng took the loss as he allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 3 innings. He also had 5 K's. Box

A - Wisky was swept in a doubleheader losing 7-0 and 6-2. Lo was held hitless in both games. Box1/Box2

Wei-Chu Lin's 10 game hitting streak came to an end as he was 0-4 today. The Tigers lost 4-1. Box

Lions 20 - Cobras 3: The Lions unleashed a 21 hit attack in support of starting pitcher "Toot-toot", who won his 8th game of the season. Tilson Brito (1-4/3 RBI's) hit his 13th HR of the season for the Lions while teammate and game MVP Kuo-Ching Kao hit HR # 11 and was 4-6 with 3 RBI's.

News reports state that CFC is still not 100% recovered from a right wrist injury suffered earlier this season.

Signing Day...Che-Hsuan Lin to Red Sox...+ Others...

Red Sox Ink Lin:

The Boston Red Sox inked recently graduated HS OF Che-Hsuan Lin to a signing bonus in the ball park of $375-400K. However, the coveted speedster is rumored to have turned down a more lucrative offer from the Mariners because he wanted to be in a Red Sox uniform and is eager to play in the US ASAP. Lin could have easily earned more $$$ had he come to the US and exhibited his skills in a showcase. Lin, who's been profiled before, reportedly has a 100M PB time of 10.78 - the kid can fly! The kid's upside is significant because he possesses so many + tools and is a well polished player for his age.
I've posted several highlight vids of Lin in the past, check here to see them again. Here's 2 new vids of Lin - taken when he was 15:
Link 1
Link 2

Other MLB Signing News:

Cubs: Chen(L) & Wen (R)

In addition to pitcher Hong-Wen Chen, the Cubs also signed another Taiwanese kid: 23 year old collegiate OF Chih-Hsiang Wen. Wen, who plays for Taipei Physical Education University, signed for $2,500 + additional money for college tuition. He stands 6'1", weighs 188 pounds, bats and throws righty. He has some power in his bat and has good speed, having run the 100M in 11.30 seconds. Not a household name, the kid has never played on any national squad for Taiwan - although he did graduate from the same junior HS as Chin-Hui Tsao -> Kuang Fu junior high in Hualien, before attending Taitung Agricultural Vocational HS. Wen was primarily a pitcher in HS.*Updated*

Friday, June 08, 2007

Friday Scores...

A - Chiang was 1-2 as Greenville lost 7-0. Box

A - Lo is currently o-3 as Wisky is losing 8-6. Box

AA - Jacksonville won 5-4. Hu was 0-2 with 2 walks. Box

AA - Tulsa lost 5-3. Lo earned his 5th loss of the season. His final line for the night: 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 hits, 7 K's/1BB. Box

Lin kept his 10 game hitting streak intact with a double in his last AB. He had K'd the previous 3 AB's. The Tigers won 2-1, with Lin scoring the GW run in the bottom of the 9th. Box

MC Hsu made an appearance for the Lions in their 8-7 loss today. He threw a perfect 5th inning. Box

Interesting story on where baseball stands with Asian American kids - particularly in the Chinese/Taiwanese community. Doing a little research of my own, I live in a city that is predominantly Asian (mostly Chinese) - making up ~ 55% of the city's demographics. However, the local high school varsity baseball program features only 2 kids of Asian descent on the team. The sport of choice for most young Chinese/Taiwanese-American males is basketball.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

ND for Kuo...

AP Photo

Facing the NL leader in K's and ERA in Jake Peavy, the Dodgers needed a standout performance from HC Kuo tonight in order to avoid being swept by their divisional rival. Kuo, in another polarizing performance, kept the Dodgers in the game, allowing 1 run on 3 hits in 6 innings. However despite K'ing 8 in the game, Kuo had difficulty finding the strike zone for most of the game(allowing 4 walks), often falling behind in the count - of the 103 pitches he threw, 46 were called balls/43 were called strikes. Kuo was consistently around 91-93 mph, topping out at 95 mph. His night done with the game deadlocked at 1-1 after 6 innings, Kuo would earn some run support from his team in the 7th as the Dodgers would score 3 runs off Peavy to give the Dodgers a 4-1 lead. A furious rally by the Padres in the bottom of the 9th would deny Kuo and the Dodgers a win. Final score: Padres 6 - Dodgers 5. Kuo's ERA is now at a respectable 4.85. Box

AA - Hu was 1-4 as his team fell 7-2. Box

A - Greenville lost 6-5. Chiang was 0-2 with 2 walks and committed his 3rd error of the season. Box

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Complete Game Win for Wang...

In easily his best outing of the year, CM Wang threw a complete game gem versus the White Sox. After laboring against the Red Sox in his last outing, Wang was very efficient, needing only 104 pitches to pick up win #5. Wang allowed 1 run on 5 hits, to go along with 4 K's and 1 walk. Wang dropped his ERA to 3.73 as the Yankees defeated the ChiSox 5-1. Box/Recap

Kuo is scheduled to face Padres ace Jake Peavy tomorrow - that's a tough matchup for Kuo - Peavy is arguably the premiere pitcher in the NL.

Despite his team losing 11-1, Lin managed to go 2-5 to raise his BA to .348, creeping closer to CL leader Aoki who is at .355 Box

The Fighters won 4-1. Yang was 0-1 with a walk. Box

Bears 14 - Lions 8: In another CPBL slugfest that saw the Bears rap out 21 hits, Bears ss Chih-Sheng Lin hit his 6th HR of the season, while Kuo-Ching Kao hit his 10th and Tilson Brito hit his 12th HR of the season for the Lions. Bears pitcher Yu-Wei Hsu would earn the win, throwing 6 innings in relief of starter Wen-Hsiung Hsu, who lasted only 2 innings. Bears CF Long-Yi Huang earned game MVP honors for his 4-6 night at the plate. CFC was 2-5 with 2 RBI's.

Whales 2 - Cobras 2: The game was called after 7 innings due to rain. Game MVP honors went to Cobras 2B Shih-Hao Huang who was 2-3 with a 2-run HR - his first round-bagger of the season.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

6/5/07 Rundown...

AA - Jacksonville won 7-3. Hu was 1-2 with a RBI before leaving the game in the 3rd inning. Box

A - Lo was 0-3 with a walk/2 K's as Wisky lost game 1 of a doubleheader 13-5. Box
He was 0-1 in game 2's loss. Box

A - Greenville lost 12-5. Chiang was 0-5. Box

Good news on Tsao

The Tigers won 10-5. Lin was 1-5 with a walk - he has a 7 game hitting streak going now. Box

The Giants lost 5-4. Chiang pitched in middle relief, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings and allowing 3 hits to go along with 3 K's. Box

Lotte Marine Si-Yo Wu is heading home to have his ailing left shoulder looked at - more here.
It's been a disappointing season so far - for Taiwanese pitchers in Japan this year.

Cobras 12 - Whales 3: MVP Chia-Hsien Hsieh had a huge game for the Cobras, cracking his 11th HR of the season and driving in 6 runs to go along with 3 hits. Cobras LF Hung-Yuan Lin hit his 5th HR of the season.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Monday Happenings....

A - Greenville lost 7-6. Chiang hit his 3rd HR of the season and was 1-4 with 2 RBI's. Box

A - Lansing lost 4-3. Keng took the loss, allowing 1 earned run in the bottom of the 8th. Keng pitched 2.1 innings, allowing the 1 run on 3 hits, to go along with 3 K's and 2 walks (1 intentional).

A+ - Kinston won 9-8 as Tseng earned another ND; however this time he can thank his teammates since he allowed 6 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings. He did have 7 K's to go along with 1 walk. Box

AA - Jacksonville won 5-3. Hu was 0-3 with a walk. Box

Tsao will get his shoulder checked out tomorrow at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Sunday Rundown...

A - Greenville won 15-5 today. Chiang was 3-5 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI's. Box

A - Wisky lost 4-2. KH Lo was 0-3 with a walk, but stole his 13th base of the season. Box

AA - Tulsa won 7-5. CL Lo earned a ND, lasting 5 innings - allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits, to go along with 5 walks and 2 K's. Lo has not won a game since April 30th. Box

AA - Jacksonville won 10-3. Hu was 3-4 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a RBI. Box

The Tigers lost 2-0. The Fighters pitching staff allowed only 2 hits all game. Guess who got both hits - Lin was 2-4 with a double. Box

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Kuo Loses in Seasonal Starting Debut....

After a rough first inning, (in which Kuo allowed 3 consecutive hits and also walked in a run with the bases loaded) Kuo would settle down and blank the Pirates over the next 3.2 innings. Kuo can thank his corner outfielders for saving him a run or two - RF Andre Ethier gunned down a man at the plate in the first, and LF Luis Gonzalez would track down a deep fly ball in the 5th inning. Kuo, who was often behind in the count, was clocked consistently around 91-93 mph on his fastball. Recap/Box
The Fighters beat the Tigers 8-5. Lin was 1-4 while Yang was 0-3 with 2 K's. Box

AA - Jacksonville won 7-5. Hu was a double short of the cycle - he was 3-5 with a triple, his 2nd HR of the season, and a RBI. Box

A - Greenville lost 5-2. Chiang was 0-4 with 2 K's. Box

A - Wisky lost 7-2. The team collected only 3 hits, with Lo getting one of them, going 1-4. Box

Elephants 7 - Bears 4: Game MVP Guan-Ren Chen cracked his 5th HR of the season to lead the way for the Elephants. He was 3-5 with 3 RBI's. Teammate Chia-Chia was 1-5 with a double. Chih-Sheng Lin hit his 5th HR of the year for the Bears. CFC was 0-1 coming off the bench.

Bulls 8 - Cobras 6: Chao-Hsing Cheng earned game MVP honors with a 3 RBI night. Bulls SP Iba Tomokazu won his 6th game of the season.

Friday, June 01, 2007

CFC Returns....

Bears 8 - Elephants 3: In CFC's first game back since May 11th, he was 1-2 with a double and 2 RBI's coming off the bench. Bears SP Gary Rath won his 6th game of the season with another dominant performance. Rath, the game MVP, threw 7 shutout innings, allowing only 6 hits to go along with 6 K's and 3 walks. Chia-Chia was 1-5 for the Elephants.

Lions 9 - Whales 6: Toot-Toot won his 7th game of the season, throwing 5 shutout innings. MVP honors went to Kuo-Ching Kao, who was 4-5 with 2 doubles and a RBI.

Wang is in line to even out his record at 4-4 on the season. Despite a rocky performance, Wang can thank the Yanks' potent offense for coming to life against Tim Wakefield. Wang pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 10 hits - he also had 1 K and 2 walks. The Yanks lead the Red Sox 9-3 heading into the top of the 9th inning. Box

Looks like Kuo will get the call tomorrow versus the Pirates.

Tsao injury update

A - Greenville lost 6-3. Chiang was 1-5. Box

A - Lansing lost 5-2. Keng allowed 1 run on 1 hit in the 9th inning. Box

A - Lo is 1-4 as Wisky is all tied up at 1 run apiece with Burlington in the 9th inning. Box

AA - Jacksonville lost 7-2. Hu was 0-5 with a RBI. Box