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CPBL: Uni-President Edges Sinon Bulls

TAIWAN – The Uni-President Lions nipped the Sinon Bulls 4-3 Wednesday night in a make-up game at the Taichung Municipal Baseball Stadium.

The Lions, who will be seeking their third consecutive league championship when they meet the Brother Elephants in the upcoming 2009 Taiwan Series, built an early 3-0 cushion.

Pan Wu-hsiung got things started with a run-scoring double in the opening frame, and Uni-President added a pair of fourth-inning runs to give starter Kenny Rayborn the lead.

Sinon finally managed to get on the board in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Chang Jien-ming, but the Lions added another score in the seventh to push the lead back to 4-1.

The Bulls inched closer with a run in the bottom of the same inning, and made it a one-run affair an inning later on a wild pitch by Uni-President reliever Lin Cheng-fong. However, Lions closer Lin Yueh-ping worked a scoreless ninth to seal the fifth win of the year for Rayborn.

LA NEW BEARS TAME BROTHER ELEPHANTS

The La New Bears dealt the Taiwan Series-bound Brother Elephants their second loss in a row with a 4-1 triumph Wednesday at the Chiayi Municipal Baseball Stadium.

The Elephants, who captured the CPBL second-half crown last weekend, actually outhit the Bears 9-8. However, manager Nakagomi Sin’s squad failed in the clutch with a palty .200 batting mark (1-for-5) with runners in scoring position.

Chou Si-chi tagged Bears reliever Hsu Chih-hua with a solo homer to account for the Elephants lone score of the game.

ROOKIE ENJOYING STELLAR SEASON

CPBL rookie Yi-Chuan Lin (pictured) is enjoying a record-setting first year with the Sinon Bulls. With only a few games remaining in the regular season, the young slugger has already broken numerous rookie league marks and is chasing several all-time league records.

Currently hitting .348 with 163 hits in 469 at-bats, the 23-year-old has also smacked 17 home runs while driving in 107 runs.

• His 163 hits currently rank second in the league (behind teammate Wilton Veras’s 169) and breaks the old league record of 152 hits held by Lions IF Kuo-Ching Kao (* the league expanded games played fom 100 to 120 this year. Chih-Wei Shih set the old rookie mark in 2004 with 117 hits.

• Currently co-holds the league lead with 107 RBI (tying Bears slugger Chih-Sheng Lin). This also is the current league record (held by former Lions slugger Tilson Brito). The old rookie mark was 72 RBI, set by Tarzan way back in 1999.

• His .348 batting average is the 4th best in the CPBL this year. The record for a rookie is .342, established by former Elephants slugger/manager Kuang-Hui Wang in 1990.

• Ranks third in the league with 17 home runs, trailing only Bears sluggers Chih-Sheng Lin (30) and CFC (27). The rookie league mark is held by Ming-Hsiung Liao (18 set in ’93 with the now defunct China Times Eagles).

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Baseball

Sources: Taiwan Baseball.blogspot.com, Tapei Times

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