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CPBL Update, May 31 to June 06: One and done

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

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Chen-Yen Chiang
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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 31 (12-19)

Rakuten Monkeys 9, Uni-President Lions 8 (BOX)

The first place Monkeys came out of the gates blazing, plating four runs in the top of the first, but the Lions made it a close game. Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the third, the Lions went on a tear and scored 5 runs, turning what was starting to look like a rout into a competitive game. A few innings later, and the table was reset, as the Lions tied things up at 7-7. Rakuten put up a two spot in the sixth, and that unfortunately would be all she wrote for the Lions, as they were able to take back one run but not both.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 1-5, R, K, SB (5)
  • DH Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 1-5, R, K
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-5, R, 2 K
  • 3B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 3-4, 2 R, BB
  • 1B Kuo-Ching Kao (#68): 1-2, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • PR-1B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 0-2, K
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 3-5, 2 R, HR (8), 4 RBI, K
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
  • PH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 0-1, K
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 0-3, K
  • PH-C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 1-1, BB
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 1-5, 2 K
  • LHP Logan Darnell (#75): 4.0 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Hsuan-Ta Liu (#23): 1.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, L (1-3)
  • RHP Yu-Kang Fu (#42): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Chun-Jen Cheng (#62): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • LHP Heng-Hsiao Kuo (#21): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K

June 01 (12-19)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

June 02 (12-19)

NO Game (SCHEDULE)

June 03 (13-19)

Uni-President Lions 12, Fubon Guardians 3 (BOX)

The Lions fell behind early, as starter Chen-Yen Chiang gave up a solo home in the first and another in the second, but he settled down and let the offense figure out Guardians starter Mike Loree. Loree handled them the first time through the order, but they tagged him for six runs- five earned- in the second go-through. The Guardians bullpen struggled as well, giving up an additional six runs. Of note, no home runs were hit.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 2-5, R, RBI
  • CF Chao-Ting Tang (#6): 1-1
  • 1B Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 4-5, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB (1)
  • DH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 0-3, R, BB, 2 K
  • PH-DH Chih-Wei Teng (#25): 0-2, K
  • 3B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 1-4, R, RBI, K, SB (1)
  • PH-3B Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 0-1
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-4, 2 R
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 4-4, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 2-4, R, 2 RBI, K
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 1-4, 2 RBI, SB (7)
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 1-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
  • LHP Chen-Yen Chiang (#16): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, W (3-2)
  • RHP Wei-Chih Lin (#43): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Yu-Kang Fu (#42): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

June 04 (13-20)

Fubon Guardians 5, Uni-Lions 4 (BOX)

It was a back-and-forth affair between the Guardians and the Lions, with the score changing hands multiple times. The Guardians’ go-ahead run came in the sixth, the fifth run off of Lions starter Tzu-Chien Shih. The back-end of the Fubon bullpen was shaky, allowing baserunners in the seventh, eighth, and ninth, but the Lions were unable to break through.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 2-3, R, 2 BB
  • 1B Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 1-4, RBI
  • 1B Chih-Wei Teng (#25): 1-1, SB (2)
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-5, RBI, K
  • 3B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 0-5, 2 K
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 1-3, R, HR (10), RBI, BB, K
  • DH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 1-3, R, HR (2), BB
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 0-1, BB
  • PH-SS Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 1-2
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 0-4, K
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 0-2, R, BB, SB (7)
  • PH Chao-Ting Tang (#6): 0-1
  • RHP Tzu-Chien Shih (#45): 7.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, HR, L (3-3)
  • RHP Chun-Yen Huang (#40): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

June 05 (13-21)

CTBC Brothers 8, Uni-Lions 7 (BOX)

The Lions took an early lead in the top of the first, but the Brothers quickly took it for themselves, scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning and making it a 3-1 game. The Lions scored a run in the third to close the gap, but the Brothers once again scored a few runs in the bottom of the frame, making it a 5-2 game. Things finally went the Lions’ way in the fifth, when Fu-Lin Kuo and Chih-Chieh Su went back-to-back and tied the game at 5-5. In the seventh, they took the lead for the first time in the ballgame, but the bullpen let the team down, as reliever Chun-Yen Huang got slammed and coughed up the lead. The team attempted a comeback in the ninth, plating a run, but weren’t able to turn things around. The loss is the Lions’ third game in their last four that they lost by a run, and their fourth in their last six that they lost by two.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 2-4, R, RBI
  • 3B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 3-5, R, HR (8), 2 RBI, K
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 2-2, 2 R, 2 HR (11, 12), 4 RBI, BB
  • DH Wu-Hsiung Pan (#55): 0-5, K
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 0-4, BB, 2 K
  • 1B Chih-Wei Teng (#25): 1-5
  • C Chung-Yu Chen (#65): 1-4, K
  • SS Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 0-3, R, BB, K, SB (1)
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 1-3, R, K
  • PH Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 0-0, BB
  • RHP Ryan Feierabend: 7.0 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Chun-Yen Huang (#40): 0.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, L (0-1)
  • RHP Yun-Wen Chen (#12): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

June 06 (13-22)

CTBC Brothers 14, Uni-Lions 3 (BOX)

Josh Roenicke didn’t pitch particularly well, allowing six runs over five innings, but he wasn’t even the worst pitcher on the evening. His replacement, Hsuan-Ta Lin, was utter garbage, allowing five runs while not recording even a single out. Good or bad pitching, it was rather moot since Brothers starter Mitch Lively held the Lions offense in check for most of the game, his biggest mistake a homer to Chih-Chieh Su, the outfielder’s thirteenth on the year.

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 1-4, R
  • DH Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 2-4, R, RBI
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 1-4, R, HR (13), 2 RBI, 2 K
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-3, K
  • RF Chao-Ting Tang (#6): 0-1
  • 3B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 0-3
  • 3B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 1-1
  • 1B Chih-Wei Teng (#25): 0-4, K
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 1-2, 2 BB
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 0-4, 2 K
  • 2B Ching-Kai Lin (#64): 0-2, K
  • PH-2B Chung-Ting Chen (#66): 1-2
  • RHP Josh Roenicke (#30): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, L (0-3)
  • RHP Hsuan-Ta Lin (#23): 0.0 IP, 2 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, HR
  • LHP Heng-Hsiao Kuo (#21): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, HR
  • RHP Yu-Kang Fu (#42): 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Chun-Jen Cheng (#60): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

HITTER OF THE WEEK

Chieh-Hsien Chen

11-18, 0 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB

PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Chen-Yen Chiang

7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, W (3-2)

Chen-Yen Chiang was born in Taichung City on June 03, 1995. He attended Taichung City Xiyuan Senior High School, pitching for them in various national high school baseball competitions. In 2013, the CPBL restricted its draft to high school players, and Chiang was selected by the Uni-President Lions and signed for NT$ 3 million, roughly $100,000. He made his professional debut the next year, appearing in a handful of games, and then became a regular starting in 2015. Earlier in his career, he was used as both a starter and a reliever, but in 2017 he was used primarily as a starter. Over the course of 479.2 innings over 7 seasons, the southpaw has a 5.12 ERA, allowing 513 hits, walking 215, and striking out 403. His best season came in 2018, when he posted a 3.45 ERA in 96.1 innings, allowing 90 hits, walking 35, and striking out 81.

Chen-Yen Chiang is a typical “crafty lefty”. Throwing from a high-three-quarters arm slot, he has a fastball that sits in the high-80s-to-low-90s, and he complements it with a big curveball and effective changeup.

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)

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)

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