Monkeys’ slugger hailed despite loss

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Taipei Times
Date: Apr 27, 2020
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter

The Uni-President Lions’ Lin An-ko hits a solo home run during their game against the Rakuten Monkeys in Tainan yesterday.
Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

Taiwanese and international sports media lauded slugger Chu Yu-hsien of the Rakuten Monkeys, dubbing him “the new Babe Ruth” and “the world’s home run king” after he blasted another shot out of the ballpark to bring his season total to eight in eight games, but their pitching woes continued as they lost two to the Uni-President Lions over the weekend.

Although Rakuten’s first baseman has had hot hands to start the season, he cooled off somewhat last night, picking up only one hit in four at-bats as his team slumped to second straight defeat to the roaring Lions.

The Monkeys on Friday had made history with their seventh consecutive win, breaking their own 2011 record of six wins to start a season, behind a pitching gem by starter Wang Yi-cheng in a 14-4 rout of the Lions in Tainan.

However, the Lions have awoken from their early-season slumber, scoring 20 runs over the weekend against Rakuten pitching staff and winning 12-5 yesterday.    [FULL  STORY]

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