Lamigo Monkeys (35-25) at Uni Lions (34-26)
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (suspended game from September 7, 2017)
Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium
WP: No. 40 Zack Segovia (16-5, 4.20 ERA)
LP: No. 30 Michael Nix (2-5, 5.40 ERA)
S: No. 20 Chen Yu-Hsun (37)
MVP: Monkeys CF No. 9 Wang Po-Jung (2-4, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 1 SB)
Monkeys: Chen Chun-Hsiu (16), Wang Po-Jung (31)
Lions: Pan Wu-Hsiung (19)
- The Lamigo Monkeys are second-half champions! In a record-setting season in wins (78), the Monkeys wrapped up both halves in dominant fashion. It took them all 60 games in the second-half to put away the Lions tonight with a 9-7 nail-biter but the Monkeys were a class above the competition all year long, ending with a season record of 78-41-1, a whopping 20.5 games ahead of the second-place Lions. Congratulations to the Monkeys on their 10th half-season championship, all under the tutelage of current manager Hong I-Chung. It is the Monkeys second time to win both halves and the sixth time it has happened in CPBL history.
- Monkeys SP Zack Segovia is becoming a big-time pitcher for the Monkeys. Manager Hong I-Chung’s 700th win? Check. CPBL record-breaking win no. 72? Check. Second-half championship clincher? Check. Segovia, facing his former team, tied Guardians SP Mike Loree for the lead-league in wins with No. 16. You would’ve thought it would be an easier one thanks to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the second due to this game being a make-up of a suspended rainout from September 7. But being the nice guy that he is, he decided to even it up in the course of three batters and send Lions fans into a frenzy! Segovia “started” the game with the bases loaded and a 2-2 count on Lions SS Chen Chieh-Hsien in the bottom of the second. A walk, a single, and a home run later, the score was all of a sudden tied 6-6. However, the veteran would settle down after that and retire 14 in a row (seven via the strikeout). Segovia would pitch into the eighth and be removed after giving up a walk and a single. He would finish with a line of 5.1 innings, five hits, three earned runs, three walks, and eight punchouts. There’s Mike Loree and there’s Zeke Spruill but with a big game on the line, I’m calling No. 40.
- In episode 1 of this game, the Monkeys would send nine men to the plate in the first inning and put up a three-spot via two doubles, a sac-fly, and four walks off of Lions SP Liao Wen-Yang. They would add three more in the second inning courtesy of a three-run bomb by 1B Chen Chun-Hsiu, who would finish the game two-for-four with two runs scored and three RBI.
- As mentioned above, the Lions would storm back in the bottom of the second but then go cold until the bottom of the ninth when LF Su Chih-Chieh would add a run on a double down the right-field line. It wasn’t enough though as the Lions will now have to prepare for a five-game series against the Brothers.
- In episode 2 of the game, the Monkeys would retake the lead off the bat of who else but CF Wang Po-Jung. The stud would rocket a two-run shot of off Lions RP Michael Nix to right field in the top of the fifth, good for his league-leading 31st homer and 101st RBI. Oh, and he also finishes the season as the league leader in batting average (.407) and hits (178). Enjoy him while you can Monkey fans because he won’t be here much longer.
- The Lions offense was led by DH Pan Wu-Hsiung who would go two-for-four with one run scored and three RBI on home run No. 19 of the season. His home run was a fitting start to the game after a touching pre-game ceremony celebrating his 100th homer.
- It wouldn’t be right if the win wasn’t capped by The Mayor, Chen Yu-Hsun, who collected his record-setting save No. 37.
- The Monkeys have had quite a season. They now have more than two weeks off to prepare for the Taiwan Series, starting October 28th in Taoyuan and put the final touch on a magical ride. They will start the series with a one-game advantage by virtue of winning both halves.
- The Lions will have some time off as well as they now get ready to face off with the Brothers in a best-of-five series starting October 20th in Tainan. The Brothers have been given new life and all of a sudden need to get their engines going again. How will they incorporate their injured regulars back into the lineup? Or will they? The regular season may be over but the excitement and fun never end in the CPBL!
Game time: 4:09