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'Killer Whales' onslaught drowns out Elephants

'Killer Whales' onslaught drowns out Elephants

The Chinatrust Whales made a big splash last night, as they scored six runs in the early going to drown out the Brother Elephants 11-5 in Chinese Professional Baseball League action at Taipei's Tianmu Stadium last night.Reviving their renowned "Killer Whale" attacking line, the Chinatrust batters pounded the opposition pitchers with key rallies in three innings to cruise home for the easy victory.
The marine mammals gobbled up four runs in the second frame, two in the third, and another four in the fifth for the 10 run lead to put the game out of reach for the Elephants.
Two apiece
The result meant the two teams wrapped up their four-game series with a split of two wins each in this week's CPBL match-up.
The generous run support by Whales hitters was more than enough for starter Alex Herrera. He would chalk up his second win in three starts this season.
The Venezuelan lefty pitcher went seven innings and only gave up two runs on six hits, with five strikeouts and four walks.
Herrera, formerly a member of the Detroit Tigers triple-A club, said he is adjusting well to playing conditions in Taiwan and believes can do even better for the rest of 2006 CPBL campaign.
"It is a good game for my second win in Taiwan," the Whales pitcher told the Taiwan News.
"I have more confidence now, and I am looking forward to face the other teams and get more wins," Herrera said.
Speaking on his solid outing last night he said: "I had good velocity on my fastball, and also threw a lot of split-finger pitches and sliders to get the hitters out."
And referring to how he managed to get out of a bases loaded situation without damage in the third inning he commented: "I used my fastball and made sure of good control on the pitching location. The catcher also helped me with his call and pitching selection."
Offensively for the Whales, utility man Yeh "Dragon Kid" Chang-lung was the hero last night.
Yeh had three hits and accounted for four RBI's, setting a career high for the player who is currently in his third season in the CPBL.
He started in right-field at the Tianmu game, and was also impressive with his defense with two great running catches to rob Elephant hitters of two extra-base hits.
In other action last night, Taiwan's "Ten-Million-Dollar Man" Chen Chin-feng clobbered his tenth homer as his La New Bears doubled up on the President Lions 6-3 at Tainan Stadium.
Trumpet blast
Bears' first baseman Pan "The Trumpet" Chung-wei went 3-for-5, with a clutch two-out double that drove in two runs in the eighth frame to ensure the victory.
La New's American pitcher Kenneth Rayborn gained his league-best 11th win of the season, with three runs on five hits in as many five innings.
In results from Friday, the "Running of the Bulls" festivities at San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain did not extend to Taiwan's own Bulls. The defending CPBL champions suffered a 9-1 thrashing by the Macoto Cobras at Hsinchu Stadium.


Updated : 2021-10-29 05:31 GMT+08:00