Big inning leads to Chinese Taipei victory
August 5, 2007
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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS— Chinese Taipei backup catcher Kun-Sheng Lin pushed across the go-ahead runs as part of a five-run fifth inning, leading the Taiwanese (2-2 at World Port Tournament) to a 10-5 victory over Team USA (23-9, 2-1 WPT) on Sunday evening.
Seth Frankoff (0-1, UNC-Wilmington), who relieved Mike Minor (Vanderbilt) after a four inning start, gave up five runs in two thirds of an inning, as Chinese Taipei took a 7-5 lead with three-straight, two-out base hits. The go-ahead two-run single and ensuing error and run came from Lin. Lin came into the contest an inning earlier, after the starter, Jui-Mu Chen was pulled following a fielder’s choice and soon-to-be 5-2 American lead.
Chinese Taipei scored three runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach, after the Americans led 5-2 early.
Team USA scored two unearned runs in the fourth to lead 5-2. A slow fielder’s choice to first base scored the first run, as Chen, not able to apply the tag, was pulled. Then, reliever Chao-Ting Tang, who gave up the fielder’s choice, got a pickoff and a strikeout before giving up an RBI single to Jordan Danks (Texas) to make it 5-2.
Tang pitched three and one-third scoreless innings for the win, as Ming-Chieh Hsu pitched the final two and two-thirds innings for the save.
A three-run home run by Pedro Alvarez (Vanderbilt), his second in as many nights, gave the Americans a 3-1 lead in the third.
The Taiwanese led 1-0 following an RBI double off the outstretched glove Danks in centerfield in the top of the third. The damage could have been worse, but Han Lin was out on the play, following an appeal, after getting confused on the base paths and not re-tagging second base. The very next play, a fly out, would have scored Lin from third.
A groundout the next inning by Chinese Taipei, cut the American lead to 3-2.
Team USA took four of five from nearly the same Chinese Taipei team in early July... it was the first runs given up by Team USA in four games... Cuba beat host Netherlands 5-2 in the earlier game, giving them a perfect 3-0 record, Netherlands is 1-2 and Japan is 0-3... games can be followed live on the internet at http://www.worldporttournament.nl/
... Stats are available at: http://utopia.ision.nl/users/hwede/stats07/wpt07/
The Americans will play Cuba on Monday (8 a.m. Eastern) to finish off the first round of competition... another set of four games starts on August 7 against Japan (1 p.m), before an off day and consecutive games against the Netherlands (1 p.m.), Chinese Taipei (8 a.m.) and Cuba (8 a.m.). The Finals are on August 12, finishing the summer.