TAIWAN – The final of the Asia Series taking place in Taiwan is set after the Samsung Lions (KBO) defeated the Uni President 7-Eleven Lions (CPBL) to finish 2nd to the SoftBank Hawks (NPB) in the round robin play.
The Samsung Lions finished 2-1 with its only loss coming 9-0 to SoftBank.
Game 1 – Samsung Lions 10, Perth Heat 2
In the first game of the Series, Samsung took on the Perth Heat of the ABL. The game was close but after a 6 run 8th, Samsung would win going away 10-2. Jang Won-Sam took the win with Daniel Schmidt taking the loss. Each team hit a home run as Allen de San Miguel hitting a solo shot for Perth and Shin Myung-Chul hitting a grand slam to cap the 6th run 8th inning for Samsung.
Game 2 – Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions 5, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 6
This was a good game as the Uni-President Lions scored 3 runs in the top of the 9th to pull within 1 run. They even had the tying run at 3rd base when the final out was made. Former Texas Rangers pitcher Ryan Glynn took the loss for Uni-President while Nagisa Arakaki picked up the win for SoftBank.
Game 3 – Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 9, Samsung Lions 0
SoftBank took an early 5-0 lead in the 2nd inning and never looked back. Samsung only managed 5 hits against the Hawks pitching as Hiroki Yamada picked up the victory.
Game 4 – Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions 3, Perth Heat 2 (10 innings)
Another great finish to a game happened here. Perth was down 2-0 heading into the 8th inning when they rallied to tie the game. But 3 errors and bad routes in the outfield would do them in as the Lions scored a run in the top of the 10th to steal a victory from Perth. Perth seemed to be out manned along the way. They have a lot of good young talent but the experience level was apparent at times.
Game 5 – Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4, Perth Heat 0
Perth was out matched in this game, but they played well enough to keep the game close. Perth starter Trevor Caughey pitched well but took the loss as the Heat could not get the bats going. This ended Perth’s run in their first ever Asia Series.
Game 6 – Samsung Lions 6, Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions 3
Yet another good game came in the last one before the championship. With the winner advancing the game was tied in the 8th inning 3-3 when Samsung slugger Hyung Woo- Choi blasted a 2-run home run off of former MLB pitcher Ryan Glynn who took his second loss of the Series. Samsung would add another run in the 9th to win going away 6-3. Kwon Oh-Joon picked up the win for Samsung.
The final is set for November 29th at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium with the Samsung Lions facing off with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
You can watch the final game online via Naver Sports.