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Taiwan Lions defeated by Korean Lions in Asia baseball series

2011/11/28 00:07:19

Taipei, Nov. 27 (CNA) Taiwan's Uni-President Lions failed to advance to the final of 2011 Pro-Baseball Asia Series after losing to

Samsung Lions of South Korea 6-3 in the preliminary round robin game held in northern Taiwan's Taoyuan Sunday evening.

The Koreans baseballers scored two runs in the first half of the third inning on an error by Taiwanese infielder Chen Yung-chi and back-to-back hits by Bae Young-seob and Park Han-yi, as well as a sacrifice fly ball by Chae Tae-in.

Samsung earned one more score in the fourth.

Uni-President took its first run in the fourth inning on hits by Chang Tai-san and Yang Sung-hsuan and an error by Korean short stop Kim Sang-soo.

It managed to pull even in the six on a two-run homer by Kuo Chun-you.

Choi Hyung-woo's two-run homer in the eighth inning dealt a death blow to Uni-President. The Koreans secured its win by taking one more run on a wild pitch by Taiwanese relief pitcher Wang Ching-ming.

Korean starter Bae Young-soo allowed only one run in five innings, while its Taiwanese counterpart Seth Etherton yielded two runs in the third and one in the fourth.

With the win, Samsung will compete with Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan in the final scheduled for Tuesday in Taichung, Central Taiwan.

Japan entered the final with a 3-0 record in the preliminary round, while Perth Heat of Australia was the first to be eliminated with a 0-3 record.

The Asia Series, first launched in 2005, was suspended in 2009 and 2010.

(By Hsiao Pao-hsiang & Bear Lee)