Date: Apr 17, 2015
By: Paul Huang / Contributing reporter
Close plays dominated the first two days of action this week, with the Uni-President Lions topping the EDA Rhinos 5-4 in Kaohsiung on Monday, and the Chinatrust Brothers rallying past the Lamigo Monkeys in a 7-5 comeback in Taichung on Tuesday evening to bring more drama to fans across the nation.
The Cats rode the right arm of starter Justin Thomas, who took a three-hit shutout one out into the bottom of the eighth before surrendering a run to lose his shutout bid. Even though he went on to pocket the win, it was anything but a breeze as the at-home Rhinos put up three runs in the bottom of the ninth against Warner Madrigal on the merit of a three-run blast by Cheng Da-hung, before the Lions closer retired the final two Rhinos hitters to preserve the narrow road thriller for his club.
That set up Tuesday night’s impressive comeback by the Brothers, who batted around the order in an explosive four-run eighth to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 lead for the eventual win. [FULL STORY]