ALMOST PITCH PERFECT: Starter Chiang Shao-ching took the win after striking out five, yielding only three hits and giving up only one run in the Group B opener
Date: Nov 06, 2019
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Taiwan yesterday began their Premier 12 Group B campaign on a high by defeating Puerto Rico 6-1,scoring three runs in a pivotal fifth inning to open up a close contest at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.
Second baseman Lin Li blasted a two-run homer in his first at-bat, then in the fifth laid down a bunt that drove in two runs on a fielding error to account for the winning margin.
Taiwan head coach Hong Yi-chung elected to start with Chiang Shao-ching, a 25-year-old right-hander who spent last season in the US with the Columbus Clippers, a Cleveland Indians triple-A team.
Puerto Rico head coach Juan Gonzalez gave the starting assignment to 29-year-old right-hander Fernando Cruz, who has been playing for a Chicago Cubs triple-A tea [FULL STORY]