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CPBL Update, May 24 to May 30: C-C-C-Combo Breaker!

We check in on our adopted CPBL team, the Uni-President Lions.

CTBC Brothers v Uni-President Lions - CPBL
Ryan Feierabend
Photo by Gene Wang/Getty Images

As regular From Complex to Queens listeners know, we’ve decided to start following a CPBL team in the absence of Mets baseball for the foreseeable future. We picked a team and will post updates on how they’re doing over in Taiwan. Why the Uni-President Lions?

  • Tainan City, home of the Lions, is one of the oldest and largest cities in Taiwan
  • Tainan Municipal Baseball Stadium is directly under the flight path of airplanes flying in and out of the nearby Tainan Airport.
  • The team has talent and looks good on paper but has been thwarted time and time again in the last few years by poor on-the-field field management and front office executive decisions.
  • Employed in their organization at one time or another former player and SNY analyst Nelson Figueroa, Columbia Fireflies pitching coach Jerome Williams, former manager Mickey Callaway, and Generation K member Bill Pulsipher.

Sounds like the Mets to me!

STANDINGS

May 24 (11-16)

Uni-President Lions 9, Rakuten Monkeys 7 (BOX)

The Uni-Lions signed Logan Darnell back in mid-April as their fourth foreign player, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, he had to undergo a mandatory fourteen-day quarantine when he arrived in Taiwan. The 31-year-old finally reported to the team at the beginning of May and spent a little time on their minor league before getting called up and making his first start. It wasn’t a particularly good outing, but he wasn’t completely obliterated either, allowing three runs over three-plus innings. Ryan Carpenter, starting for the Monkeys, was solid early but the Lions got to him in the fifth, tying the game up at 3-3. They plated three more in the sixth to take the lead, and the bullpen held. Of note, Chih-Chieh Su added a solo homer in the eighth, extending the Lions’ home run streak to 22 straight games.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 3-4, 2 R, BB, K
  • DH Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 2-3, 2 R, BB, K
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 2-4, 2 R, HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 K
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-3, R, 2 BB, K
  • 3B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 1-4 2 RBI, 2 K
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 0-5, SB (6)
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 3-5, RBI, K, 2 SB (5, 6), CS (1)
  • 1B Kuo-Ching Kao (#68): 1-5, 2 K
  • SS En-Tzu Huang (#7): 0-4, 4 K, E (2)
  • PH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 0-1
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 0-0
  • RHP Logan Darnell (#75): 3.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Hsuan-Ta Lin (#23): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, W (1-1)
  • LHP Heng-Hsiao Kuo (#21): 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Wei-Chih Lin (#43): 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Chun-Jen Cheng (#60): 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, H (4)
  • RHP Chun-Yen Huang (#40): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, H (3)
  • RHP Yun-Wen Chen (#12): 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, S (3)

May 25 (11-16)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

May 26 (11-16)

POSTPONED (RAIN)

The scheduled CTBC Brothers and Uni-President Lions game began but was stopped in the top of the third inning due to rain, with the Brothers winning 1-0, and will be played at a future date.

May 27 (11-17)

CTBC Brothers 11, Uni-President Lions 10 / 11 (BOX)

The Lions lost a tough one. After falling behind 4-0 early, the team took the lead thanks to a big fourth inning that saw the team put up a six spot. Thanks to a few timely hits and a pair of Brothers errors, the team batted around, with Tzu-Chieh Lin doing major damage with his first home run of the year, a three-run blast that gave the Lions a 6-4 lead and extended their home run streak to 23 games. In the fifth, they were able to score another run thanks to a bases loaded HBP, and that run would prove extremely important as the Lions bullpen was a bit leaky and allowed a pair of runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie things up at 7-7. The game stayed tied until the eleventh, when the Brothers beat up on reliever Hsuan-Ta Liu. The right-hander had trouble finding the strike zone, walking two and hitting a batter on top of allowing 3 hits, and allowed four runs to score as a result. The Lions made it interesting, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning, but the rally fell just short. After Tzu-Chieh Lin brought them within one, the Brothers successfully turned a double play to close the book on one of the most exciting games both teams played this season.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 3-5, 2 BB
  • 1B Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 0-3, R
  • 1B Kuo-Ching Kao (#68): 0-1, BB
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-5, R, BB
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 1-5, 2 R, RBI, BB
  • 3B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 1-3, R, K
  • 3B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 0-2, R, SB (2), E (2)
  • DH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 1-4, R, RBI, 2 BB, K
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 0-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • C Chun-Wei Kuo (#15): 0-0
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 1-6, RBI, 2 K
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 3-6, R, 5 RBI, E (2)
  • PR En-Tzu Huang (37): 0-0
  • RHP Tzu-Chien Shih (#45): 4.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, HR
  • RHP Yu-Kang Fu (#42): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, H (1)
  • RHP Josh Roenicke (#30): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, H (1)
  • RHP Chun-Jenn Cheng (#60): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, H (5)
  • RHP Chun-Yen Huang (#40): 1.0, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Yun-Wen Chen (#12): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, H (1)
  • RHP Hsuan-Ta Liu (#23): 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, L (1-2)
  • RHP Wei-Chih Lin (#40): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

May 28 (11-17)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

May 29 (11-18)

Rakuten Monkeys 3, Uni-President Lions 1 (BOX)

Ryan Feierabend was solid in his six innings of work, allowing just a single unearned run, but he got tagged with a hard-luck loss because the offense was shutdown by Monkey’s starter Lisalverto Bonilla and their bullpen. The Lions’ lone run came in the bottom of the eighth, off of reliever Yu-Hsun Chen. The team managed only five hits in total, and because none were home runs, the Lions’ home run streak ends at 23 straight games.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 1-4, RBI, K
  • 1B Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 1-3, BB
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-4
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 0-4, 2 K
  • 3B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 0-3
  • DH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 0-3
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 0-3
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 1-3, R, 2 K
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 1-2, BB, K
  • RHP Ryan Feierabend (#54): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, L (1-3)
  • LHP Logan Darnell (#75): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Chun-Yen Huang (#40: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Chun-Jen Cheng (#60): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Yun-Wen Chen (#12): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

May 30 (12-18)

Uni-President Lions 7, Rakuten Monkeys 5 (BOX)

The Monkeys took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first and added another run in the top of the fifth, but the Lions broke through in the bottom of that same inning, plating three runs. Their lead wouldn’t last long, as the Monkeys would tie it 3-3 in the sixth, and then would add on and take a 5-3 lead in the seventh. Down by two, pinch hitter Wu-Hsiung Pan launched a two-run homer to tie things up. Two batters later, An-Ko Lin launched a two-run bomb of his own to give the Lions the lead. Yun-Wen Chen pitched the ninth, finished things out, and hopefully the Lions’ homer streak begins anew.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 3-4, R, RBI
  • DH Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 0-3
  • PH-DH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 1-1, R, HR (1), 2 RBI
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 0-3, R, BB
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-4, HR (8), 2 RBI, 2 K
  • 3B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 2-4, K
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 0-4, K
  • 1B Kuo-Ching Kao (#68): 1-3, R
  • PH Chao-Ting Tang (#6): 1-1
  • 1B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 0-0
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 1-4, R, 2 RBI
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 1-3, R, HR (2)
  • RHP Josh Roenicke (#30): 6.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, HR
  • LHP Heng-Hsiao Kuo (#21): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Chun-Yen Huang (#40): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Wei-Chih Lin (#43): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, W (1-0)
  • RHP Yun-Wen Chen (#12): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, S (4)

HITTER OF THE WEEK

Chieh-Hsien Chen

10-17, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/0 SB

Born in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan on January 7, 1994 Chieh-Hsien Chen is atypical among many CPBL players in that he attended high school in Japan, along with his brother, who sadly passed away in 2018. His goal was to be drafted by a NPB team in the 2012 NPB Draft- the same draft that sensations Shohei Otani and Shintaro Fujinami were selected in- but he went undrafted and returned to Taiwan, where he joined the semi-pro Industrial League in 2013, playing for Taiwan Power, the team sponsored and representing the national utility company.

In addition to playing for the Taiwan Power, he played on the Taiwanese National Team. His play got him noticed, and in 2016, Chen was drafted by the Uni-Lions in the 2016 CPBL Mid-Season Draft. He and first-round selection Chih-Chieh Su formed a popular duo because they were exciting players and handsome young men. Appearing in 37 games that year, the 22-year-old hit .345/.403/.457, hitting 2 homers and stealing 5 bases in 8 attempts.

In 2017, he became the Lions’ starting shortstop. Appearing in 114 games, he hit .387/.458/.508 with 3 home runs and stealing 17 bases. He was just as good in 2017, hitting .356/.417/.495 with 8 homers and 16 stolen bases, but he began having troubles in the field. The defensive errors and mishaps became such a problem that the Lions moved the 25-year-old into the outfield for the 2019 season. The shift into the outfield did not last very long for two reasons: injuries to other players forced the Lions to shuffle their team around and Chen’s experience at the Keystone led him to return to the infield, and Chen himself broke his wrist, limiting him to just 20 games for the entire season.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Ryan Feierabend

6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

HITTER OF THE WEEK

May 3 to May 9: Fu-Lin Kuo (10-22, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/1 SB)

May 10 to May 16: An-Ko Lin (9-23, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)

May 17 to May 23: Chih-Chieh Su (3-6, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1/1 SB)

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

May 3 to May 9: Ryan Feierabend (5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HR)

May 10 to May 16: Ryan Feierabend: (6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K)

May 17 to May 23: RHP Wei-Chih Lin (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)