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CPBL Update, June 14 to June 20: Back to their old ways

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

Fubon Guardians v Uni-Lions - CPBL
Josh Roenicke
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

June 14 (17-24)

Fubon Guardians 6, Uni-President Lions (BOX)

Well, there goes the winning streak. It was nice while it lasted. Logan Darnell gave up five runs in the second and another in the third, and recovering from that deficit was a pretty a tall order against Shih-Peng Chen, one of the better pitchers in the league this season. Sure enough, it didn’t happen.

  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 0-4, 2 K
  • DH Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 0-3, 2 K
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 2-4, R, K
  • 3B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 0-2, R, 2 BB, 1 K, SB (3)
  • 1B Chih-Wei Teng (#25): 1-4, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 1-4
  • 2B Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 2-4
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 0-4, K
  • CF Liang-Wei Chiang (#27): 0-1, BB
  • PH-CF Chao-Ting Tang (#6): 1-1
  • LHP Logan Darnell (#75): 3.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, L (0-1)
  • RHP Wei-Chih Lin (#43): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Yu-Kang Fu (#42): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Chun-Jen Cheng (#60): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • LHP Heng-Hsiao Kuo (#21): 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Cheng-Feng Chiang (#95): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Chun-Yen Huang (#40): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

June 15 (17-24)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

June 16 (17-24)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

June 17 (17-25)

Rakuten Monkeys 5, Uni-President Lions 3 (BOX)

Chen-Yen Chiang was extremely home run prone, giving up two in the second inning and another in the third for a total of five runs. Outside of those three longballs, he was in and out of danger all evening, walking one and allowing ten hits. Both teams settled down in the second half of the game, but unfortunately for the Lions, they found themselves behind. They struggled, loading up the bases in the ninth, but were unable to catch up.

  • RF Liang-Wei Chiang (#27): 0-2, BB, K
  • PH-3B-1B Chieh-Kai Pan (#35): 0-1, BB
  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 1-5
  • 1B Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 1-3, RBI
  • PH-3B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 0-1, K
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 0-3, K
  • DH An-Ko Lin (#77): 0-4, 2 K
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 1-4, K, E
  • 3B-2B Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 0-2, R, BB, K
  • PH Chih-Wei Teng (#25): 0-1, K
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 0-0, R, BB
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 1-3, R, HR (2), 2 RBI
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 1-2
  • PH-RF Chao-Ting Tang (#6): 0-2, K
  • LHP Chen-Yen Chiang (#16): 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR, L (4-3)
  • RHP Yu-Kang Fu (#42): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Chun-Jen Cheng (#60): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Cheng-Feng Chiang (#95): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

June 18 (18-25)

Uni-President Lions 10, Rakuten Monkeys 5 (BOX)

The Lions used the long ball to good effect, with the top of the lineup combining to slug four- two of which were Chih-Chieh Su’s, increasing his league lead to sixteen. Lions starter Tzu-Chien Shih was a little homer prone himself, allowing a pair, but the supercharged offense bailed him out.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 3-5, 4 R, HR (2)
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 3-3, 3 R, 2 HR (15, 16), 5 RBI, 2 BB
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-4, R, HR (10), 3 RBI, BB
  • 3B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 1-2
  • PR-3B-1B Chieh-Kai Pan (#35): 0-2, K
  • 1B Chih-Wei Teng (#25): 0-4, BB, 2 K
  • 3B Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 0-0
  • DH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 2-4, K
  • PR-DH Liang-Wei Chiang (#27): 0-1, K
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 2-4, R
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 0-3
  • PH Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 0-0, BB
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 0-0
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 1-4, R, RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Tzu-Chien Shih (#45): 5.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 2 HR, W (5-3)
  • RHP Wei-Chih Lin (#43): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, HR
  • RHP Chun-Jen Cheng (#60): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Chun-Yen Huang (#40): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Yun-Wen Chen (#12): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

June 19 (18-26)

Rakuten Monkeys 6, Uni-President Lions 5 (BOX)

The Uni-Lions and the Rakuten Monkeys had a back-and-forth affair, with the lead changing five times. The most critical runs came in the ninth. In the top of the inning, the Lions tied the game back up at 5-5 when Yung-Chi Chen hit a line drive into right. Chun-Yen Huang came in to pitch the ninth and quickly gave up a run, allowing the Monkeys to walk off.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 1-5, R, K
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 2-4, 2 R, HR (17), RBI, 2 K
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 2-4, R, HR (11), RBI, 2 K
  • DH Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 2-4, RBI
  • 1B Chih-Wei Teng (#25): 0-2, K
  • PH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 0-0, RBI
  • 1B-3B Chieh-Kai Pan (#35): 1-1
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 1-4
  • 3B-2B Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 0-4, 2 K
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 1-2, BB
  • PH Chao-Ting Tang (#6): 1-1, R
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 0-0
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 0-3, K
  • PH-1B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 1-1, RBI
  • RHP Ryan Feierabend (#54): 5.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Yu-Kang Fu (#42): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Wei-Chih Lin (#43): 0.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Cheng-Feng Chiang (#95): 1.0, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Chun-Yen Huang (#40): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, L (1-3)

June 20 (19-26)

Uni-President Lions 13, Fubon Guardians 4 (BOX)

Josh Roenicke spun a strong start, throwing seven scoreless innings, but the bullpen almost blew it. Well, they would’ve almost blown it if the offense hadn’t exploded for 12 runs earlier in the game. The team combined for six home runs, including a pair by An-Ko Lin. Reliever Hao-Chun Chiu replaced Roenicke in the eighth and gave up four runs. The Lions got one of those runs back in the top of the ninth, but given the impressive lead they built up, the win was never in doubt.

  • CF-LF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 3-5, 2 R, HR (3), 2 RBI
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 3-3, 3 R, HR (18), 3 RBI, BB
  • PH-RF Chao-Ting Tang (#6): 0-1
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 2-5, 2R, 2 HR (12, 13), 5 RBI, K
  • CF Liang-Wei Chiang (#27): 0-0
  • 1B Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 0-4, BB
  • DH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 0-4
  • PH-DH Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 1-1
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR (4, 5), 2 RBI
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 0-1, K
  • 3B Chieh-Kai Pan (#35): 0-5, R
  • 2B-SS Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 4-5, 2 R
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 2-5, R, RBI, K
  • RHP Josh Roenicke (#30): 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, W (1-3)
  • RHP Hao-Chun Chiu (#37): 0.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, HR
  • RHP Wei-Chih Lin (#43): 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Chun-Jen Cheng (#60): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

HITTER OF THE WEEK

Chih-Chieh Su

10-17, 0 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Josh Roenicke

7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 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)

May 24 to May 30: Chieh-Hsien Chen (10-17, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K, 0/0 SB)

May 31 to June 6: Chih-Chieh Su (11-18, 0 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB)

June 7 to June 13: Yung-Chi Chen (11-20, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K, 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: Wei-Chih Lin (2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)

May 24 to May 30: Ryan Fierabend (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)

May 31 to June 6: Chen-Yen Chiang (7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR)

June 7 to June 13: Josh Roenicke (7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)