Monkeys claim early-season initiative

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Taipei Times
Date: Apr 20, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

The Fubon Guardians’ Lin Che-hsuan sets out for first after connecting with a pitch during their Chinese Professional Baseball League game against the Rakuten Monkeys at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium yesterday.
Photo: CNA

The Rakuten Monkeys are the early season leaders in Taiwanese professional baseball after they swept their three-game series against the Fubon Guardians with a 3-1 victory in Taoyuan last night, showing their opponents that they can win in a pitching duel.

The defending champions have sustained their form from last year’s Taiwan Series triumph, the Monkeys’ third consecutive Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) title, after starting the season with five wins from five games.

Rakuten manager Tseng Hao-chu started second-year right-hander Weng Wei-chun to close out the series. Veteran pitcher Henry Sosa of the Dominican Republic took the mound for the Guardians.

The Monkeys got a run in the first inning and Fubon in their second to make the score 1-1 early on, before Weng settled down to limit the Guardians’ batters, while his teammates scored in the fifth and seventh.    [FULL  STORY]

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