Brothers win first Taiwan Series title in 11 years

12/01/2021 10:50 PM
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CTBC Brothers win the Taiwan series. CNA photo Dec. 1, 2021
CTBC Brothers win the Taiwan series. CNA photo Dec. 1, 2021

Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) The CTBC Brothers completed a four-game sweep of the Chinese Professional Baseball League's (CPBL) Taiwan Series Wednesday, defeating the Uni-President Lions 5-0 in game four to take home the championship trophy for the first time after 11 years.

Thousands of yellow streamers showered the stands as the CTBC Brothers took the title after winning games one, two, three, and four of this year's best-of-seven Taiwan Series, the 32nd edition of the championship.

Source: CTBC Brothers Official Channel

The win marks the eighth time the CTBC Brothers have won the title, following on from victories in 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2010.

Wednesday's game four, played out in front of 10,000 fans, saw the CTBC Brothers knock out 11 hits to the Uni-President Lions' 4 in a game dominated by Dominican pitcher José Valdez, who only gave up two hits over eight innings.

CTBC Brothers Dominican pitcher José Valdez. CNA photo Dec. 1, 2021
CTBC Brothers Dominican pitcher José Valdez. CNA photo Dec. 1, 2021

At the bottom of the ninth with two outs, fellow Dominican pitcher Jose De Paula struck out Uni Lions batsman Chen Chung-ting (陳重廷) to send the away fans into a frenzy, as celebrations broke out amid a sea of yellow.

Valdez was named the game's MVP, while his teammate Chan Tzu-hsien (詹子賢) was crowned Taiwan Series MVP.

The CPBL, formed in 1989 and which currently consists of five teams, is the top tier of professional baseball league in Taiwan. The other teams in the league are the Wei Chuan Dragons, Fubon Guardians, and the Rakuten Monkeys.

(By William Yen)

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