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Aussie outfielder Brice helps Macoto to a pair of wins over Lions

In the only two games played this past weekend, the Macoto Cobras edged out the President Lions for a pair of 2-1 victories during a double-header on Saturday to keep pace with the pack chasing the La New Bears, who remain at the top of Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League standings.In the opener of the twinbill in CPBL action on Saturday, Australian outfielder Tom Brice had an outstanding game for the Cobras.
He went 3-for-4, and drove in the team's only two runs of the game. For his heroics, Brice was chosen as the game MVP, his second such honor since joining the club in June.
In 20 game appearances, Brice, a member of the Australian national team, has impressed Macoto coaching staff with his .373 average. He has 28 hits, 16 RBI's, eight doubles, and two home runs.
When asked about his good form, the Aussie outfielder told Taiwan News: "I am more relaxed, comfortable (at the plate), and also seeing the ball well."
Cobras manager Wu Fu-lian also gave him high marks. "Tom is a great acquisition for us," he said. "Everyone can see what he can do ... He can hit, can play defense, and when needed he can also pitch."
Brice went to the mound for relief pitching on June 27th, when the Cobras ran out of bullpen help due to injuries and tight scheduling after they had played eight make-up games in a nine-day span.
In that opening 2-1 win, the snakes sent up five pitchers against Lions' ace Pan "Du Du" Wei-luen, who was bothered by a blister on his pitching hand and was tagged with the tough one-run loss.
The Cobras then utilized a very different pitching strategy for the nightcap of the double-header. It was time for Lin "Little Chick" En-yu to get the job done.
Lin yielded only one run, while scattering four hits over seven innings for his 11th victory of the season, tying him with league-leaders Kenneth Rayborn and Wu Shi-yo of the La New Bears.
It was the fifth straight win for the "Little Chick," and last year's league MVP was modest as he reflected on his performance after the game.
"Actually, I did not have my best stuff today," he told Taiwan News. "We did not practice this week because of the typhoon ... For this win, all the credit goes to my teammates. They played good defense behind me, and there were several great catches out there that would have been hits."
Cobras closer James Lira pitched the ninth inning in both games to pick up two saves.
Lira was still playing with the Coast Bend Aviators (Texas) of the U.S. Independent League last month. He came to the Macoto club in July and has appeared in six game relief situations.
Lions' starter Tsao "The General" Jun-yang also did well in a losing cause, as he went 6-2/3 innings on four hits, five strikeouts, and gave up two runs, only one of which was earned.
The Cobras thus upped their record to 4-4 to start the second half-season campaign, and are tied with Brother Elephants at 2-1/2 games behind league-leading La New, which has 6 wins and only one loss.
The Sinon Bulls are 4-3 and two off the pace.
The other scheduled series this weekend (Sinon Bulls vs. Brother Elephants, and La New Bears vs. Chinatrust Whales) were postponed due to rain, from the lingering effects of Typhoon Bilis.

Updated : 2021-10-18 14:48 GMT+08:00