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Bears regain their edge after losing three straight

Bears regain their edge after losing three straight

The La New Bears entered last night's game against the Chinatrust Whales with a three-game losing streak that had dropped the defending champion into fourth place in the six-team Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Angry at their fall in the standings, the Bears took out their frustrations by mauling the second-place Chinatrust Whales 12-3.
Rekindling an offense that has been surprisingly inconsistent so far this season, the La New players showed they were still a potent force with their trademark "Violent Bears" attack.
The defending champion Bears pounded out 15 hits, including four doubles, and knocked out highly-touted Whales rookie right-hander Su Tze-yi after only 1 1/3 innings.
Su gave up four runs on five hits and walked two during his brief outing.
Blowing his horn
La New first baseman Pan "The Trumpet" Chung-wei did most of the damage in the opening frame with a bases-loaded RBI-single to bring two runs home. Overall, he was 3-for-5 with five RBIs and was selected as the Game MVP.
The "Violent Bears" would go on to score runs against each of the five Whales pitchers in the game on the way to the 12-3 victory.
Newcomer right-hander Josmir Romero from Venezuela did well in his second staring assignment for La New, scattering four hits over six innings to grab his first CPBL win.
For the first encounter of the two-game weekend series, the Whales edged the Bears 4-3 in Kaohsiung on Saturday. Whales starter Tzeng Chao-hao gave up only one run on five hits to pocket his third win this year. Hard-throwing Dominican reliever Miguel Saladin pitched the ninth inning for his fifth save.
Hot Cobras
The weekend series split left the Bears and the Whales both 2 1/2 games behind league leader Macoto, which maintained its lead by winning three in a row earlier in the week - beating the Whales 4-3 on Wednesday, and the Bears twice, 7-6 on Thursday and 5-2 on Friday.
In yesterday evening's other contest, the Uni-President Lions doubled up on the Sinon Bulls 4-2 in Tainan, dislodging the hot Bulls from third place. Lions ace Pan "Du Du" Wei-luen tossed a gem.
He blanked the Bulls through eight frames on six hits and five strikeouts. First baseman Kao Kuo-ching and DH Kuo Tai-chi provided the scoring support for "Du Du," each smacked a two-run homer.
No shutout
Lions reliever Tsao "The General" Jun-yang spoiled the shutout when he gave up two runs in the ninth, but the Lions brought in rookie pitcher Pan Jun-rong to preserve the win.
In their match-up on Saturday, it the visiting Bulls thrashed the Lions 13-1 in Tainan. Charged up with their hot bats unleashing another bullish attack, Sinon hitters ripped apart Lions pitching for 19 hits in the game.
The Bulls star third baseman Chang Tai-shan tied his career-best with five hits, including his second homer, to help Sinon's Japanese starter Tomokazu Iba sew up his fifth win of the season. Iba, who was with the Japanese professional baseball league champion Hokkaido Nippon Fighting Hams last year, has been most impressive in his first season in Taiwan. he has the league's best ERA at 1.34, leads the league in wins with five, and is third in strikouts with 34.


Updated : 2021-08-02 05:49 GMT+08:00