Sunday, November 6, 2011

Major Leaguers Make it 4 in a row in Taiwan

In arguably the best played game of the 2011 Taiwan All Star Series, the Major League All Stars defeated Taiwan by a score of 3-2. Taiwan got on the board first when Red Sox prospect Che-Hsuan Lin delivered an rbi single in the second inning, but Mets right hander Dillon Gee settled in after that going 5 innings, allowing just the one run and fanning five. The offense would come around as well, with Angels gold glove shortstop Erick Aybar tripling to the wall in right-center and bringing home Emilio Bonifacio to even the game at 1 in the bottom of the 3rd.

The score would stay tied until the bottom of the 6th. Ryan Roberts led off the inning with a walk and Robinson Cano drilled a double to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. That set the stage once more for Michael Morse whose single scored both runners and gave the Major Leaguers a 3-1 lead. Morse now has 5 rbis in the series, with 4 of them coming in the last two games.

Taiwan would get a run back in the 7th off of winning pitcher Trevor Bell (Angles) when Yin-Lun Lan led off with a triple and then scored on a Chia-Yu Lin ground ball, but Bruce Bochy's bullpen would slam the door after that. San Francisco's Ramon Ramirez tossed a scoreless 8th for his second hold, and Cincinnati's Bill Bray earned his second save of the series with a scoreless ninth inning. The 28 year old Bray has just 3 career saves in 244 appearances as a Major Leaguer and none since 2007.

Fu-Te Ni started the game for Taiwan and pitched well into the 4th inning allowing just a run on 2 hits. Ni is the first Taiwanese player to appear in the series who has Major League experience having appeared in 58 games for the Detroit Tigers between 2009 and 2010. Ni spent all of 2011 in AAA where he posted a 3.24 ERA and went 6-3. Po-Yu Lin also pitched well for Taiwan in Game 4 tossing 3 scoreless innings in relief. Taiwan now has just one final chance to get a win in this series and it'll be national treasure Chien-Ming Wang getting the ball in Game 5.

Here's a look at the box score for Game 4:



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