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CPBL/KBO/NPB Update: August 16 to August 22

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We check in on our adopted teams in Asia, the Uni-President Lions (CPBL), the LG Twins (KBO), and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows (NPB).

LG Twins v Kiwoom Heroes
Tyler Wilson
Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

CPBL

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.

August 16 (9-8/35-42)

Fubon Guardians 7, Uni-President Lions 4 (BOX)

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 0-4
  • 1B Chieh-Jui Wu (#62): 2-3
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 0-4, 2 K
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 0-2, R, 2 BB, K
  • DH Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 1-4, R, HR (9), 3 RBI, K
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 1-3, R, HR (4), K
  • RHP Chi-Wei Lin (#51): 4.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, HR, L (1-1)

August 17 (9-8/35-42)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

August 18 (9-8/35-42)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

August 19 (10-8/36-42)

Uni-President Lions 8, Rakuten Monkeys 4 (BOX)

  • DH Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SB (16)
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 2-4, 3 R, HR (23), 3 RBI, BB
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 0-3, 2 BB, K
  • 3B-1B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 1-4, RBI, 2 K
  • RHP Brock Dykxhoorn: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HR, W (2-1)

August 20 (11-8/37-42)

Uni-President Lions 8, Rakuten Monkeys 7 (BOX)

  • CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 3-5, R, RBI, K, SB (17)
  • LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 1-4, 2 R, RBI, B, K
  • 3B-1B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 2-5, 2 R, HR (9), RBI, K
  • DH An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-4, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
  • RHP Wei-Lun Pan (#18): 3.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, HR
  • RHP Yun-Wen Chen (#12): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, SV (14)

August 21 (11-8-1/37-42-1)

Uni-President Lions 8, CTBC Brothers 8 (BOX)

  • LF-CF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 1-3, 2 R, BB
  • 3B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 2-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, E
  • RF An-Ko Lin (#77): 1-6, R, HR (26), 3 RBI, 3 K
  • DH Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 2-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, K, SB (6)
  • PH-LF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 0-4, 3 K
  • C Yu-Le Lin (#31): 2-5, RBI, K
  • LHP Chen-Yen Chiang (#16): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

August 22 (11-9-1/37-43-1)

CTBC Brothers 19, Uni-President Lions 3 (BOX)

  • LF Chieh-Hsien Chen (#24): 1-3, RBI, 2 BB
  • 3B Fu-Lin Kuo (#5): 1-4, R, RBI, E
  • 1B Yung-Chi Chen (#13): 2-3, RBI
  • DH An-Ko Lin (#77): 0-3
  • RF Chih-Chieh Su (#32): 0-2, R, BB
  • SS Tzu-Chieh Lin (#39): 2-4, R
  • RHP Tzu-Chien Shih (#45): 5.1 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, HR, L (7-5)

KBO

Why the LG Twins?

  • Represent a major metropolitan area.
  • Share Seoul (and Jamsil Baseball Stadium) with a rival team and compete for fans.
  • Have been a team that, on paper, should compete but just have not been able to put things together over the last few years
  • Have a strong pitching staff in 2020.
  • Staff ace, Casey Kelly, has been denied numerous wins over the years due to anemic hitting or a leaky bullpen despite quality starts.
  • LG Corporation spends money on the team but does not always allocate that money wisely.
  • Retired the number 41, worn by one of the best right-handed pitchers in team history.

August 16 (48-36-1)

LG Twins 6, NC Dinos 4 (BOX)

  • CF Hyung-jong Lee: 2-5, R, HR (7), 3 RBI, K
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 0-3, BB, K, CS
  • RF Eun-sung Chae: 2-4, R, BB
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 1-3, 2 BB
  • DH Roberto Ramos: 1-3, 2 R, BB, K
  • C Kang-nam Yoo: 1-3, 2 R, HR (9), 3 RBI, BB
  • RHP Min-ho Lee: 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HBP, W (4-2)
  • RHP Woo-seok Ko: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, SV (6)

August 17 (48-36-1)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

August 18 (49-36-1)

LG Twins 6, KIA Tigers 5 / 10 (BOX)

  • CF Hyung-jong Lee: 2-5, 2 R, K
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 2-5, R, 2 K
  • RF Eun-sung Chae: 0-4, 2 BB, K
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 4-5, R, HR (18), 2 RBI
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 2-4, R, HR (24), 2 K
  • RHP Chan-gyu Lim: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 5 K, WP

August 19 (50-36-1)

LG Twins 10, KIA Tigers 1 (BOX)

  • CF Hyung-jong Lee: 2-3, 2 R, 2 BB
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 2-5, R, RBI, K
  • RF Eun-sung Chae: 2-5, RBI
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 0-2, R, BB, HBP
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 2-2, 2 R, HR (25), 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • RHP Casey Kelly: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, W (7-6)

August 20 (50-37-1)

Kiwoom Heroes 6, LG Twins 5 (BOX)

  • CF Hyung-jong Lee: 2-4, R, BB
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
  • DH Eun-sung Chae: 0-4, RBI
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 0-4, 2 K
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 1-4, R, HR (26), RBI, 2 K
  • LHP Yun-sik Kim: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K

August 21 (51-37-1)

LG Twins 7, Kiwoom Heroes 3 (BOX)

  • CF Chang-gi Hong: 2-3, R, 3 RBI, 2 BB
  • SS Ji-hwan Oh: 0-5, K
  • DH Eun-sung Chae: 1-5, K
  • LF Hyun-soo Kim: 2-3, RBI, BB, K
  • LF Hyung-jong Lee: 2-5, RBI
  • 1B Roberto Ramos: 2-4, R, HR (27), RBI, K
  • C Kang-nam Yoo: 1-4, R, HR (10), RBI
  • RHP Tyler Wilson: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HBP, W (8-6)

August 22 (51-37-1)

CANCELLED (RAIN)

NPB

Why the Yakult Swallows?

  • The Swallows play in Tokyo, the largest city in Japan.
  • The Swallows are overshadowed by the other team that plays in Tokyo, which has had much more success over the years, the Yomiuri Giants.
  • For the first decade of their existence, the Swallows did not end a single season with a winning record.
  • Meiji Jingu Stadium opened in 1964, the same year as Shea Stadium.
  • The best player in team history was a pitcher.

August 16 (21-22-5)

Yakult Swallows 7, Yokohama DeNA Baystars 5 (BOX)

  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 3-4, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K
  • LF Norichika Aoki: 3-5, 2 R, HR (7), 2 RBI
  • 1B Munetaka Murakami: 2-4, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • RHP Hirofumi Yamanaka: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, W (1-1)
  • RHP Taichi Ishiyama: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K, SV (7)

August 17 (21-22-5)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

August 18 (21-23-5)

Chunichi Dragons 8, Yakult Swallows 3 (BOX)

  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 0-4, K
  • LF Norichika Aoki: 0-4, K
  • 1B Munetaka Murakami: 2-4, 2 K, CS (3)
  • SS Alcides Escobar: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, K
  • RHP Hirotoshi Takanashi: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, HR, L (1-2)

August 19 (21-24-5)

Chunichi Dragons 11, Yakult Swallows 2 (BOX)

  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 0-3, RBI
  • 1B Munetaka Murakami: 0-4, 2 K, E (6)
  • SS Alcides Escobar: 1-4, R
  • RHP Juri Hara: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 HR, L (2-2)

August 20 (22-24-5)

Yakult Swallows 7, Chunichi Dragons 3 (BOX)

  • RF Tomotaka Sakaguchi: 2-5, R, HR (3), 4 RBI, E (2)
  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 1-4, B, K
  • LF Norichika Aoki: 2-4, R, HR (8), RBI, K
  • 1B Munetaka Murakami: 1-2, BB, SB (5)
  • SS Naomichi Nishiura: 2-5, R, HR (6), RBI, 2 K, SB (2)
  • C Yuhei Nakamura: 2-4, 2 R, RBI
  • RHP Hirotoshi Takanashi: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (2-2)
  • RHP Taichi Ishiyama: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, SV (8)

August 21 (22-25-5)

Hanshin Tigers 7, Yakult Swallows 4 (BOX)

  • 1B Tomotaka Sakaguchi: 1-3, R, HR (4), RBI, BB, HBP
  • LF Norichika Aoki: 1-5, K
  • 1B Munetaka Murakami: 2-4, R, HR (9), RBI, K
  • SS Alcides Escobar: 1-4, R
  • RHP Daiki Yoshida: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HR, L (1-3)

August 22 (22-26-5)

Hanshin Tigers 7, Yakult Swallows 5 (BOX)

  • 2B Tetsuto Yamada: 2-5, R, 3 K
  • LF Norichika Aoki: 1-4, R, HR (9), 4 RBI, BB, CS (1)
  • 1B-3B Munetaka Murakami: 1-3, R, HR (10), RBI, BB, 2 K
  • SS Alcides Escobar: 2-4
  • RHP Matt Koch: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, HBP, HR, L (0-1)

CPBL HITTER OF THE WEEK

Fu-Lin Kuo

6-16, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB

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)
June 14 to June 20: Chih-Chieh Su (10-17, 0 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 3 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB)
June 21 to June 27: An-Ko Lin (12-21, 3 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, 0/0 SB)
June 28 to July 04: An-Ko Lin (6-17, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 4 K, 1/1 SB)
July 05 to July 11: Chih-Chieh Su (7-19, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 3/3 SB)
July 12 to July 18: N/A
July 19 to July 25: N/A
July 26 to August 01: Chieh-Hsien Chen (7-16, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/3 SB)
August 02 to August 08: An-Ko Lin (5-17, 0 2B, 0 3b, 4 HR, 12 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)
August 09 to August 15: Chih-Chieh Su (8-15, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 4 K, 1/1 SB)

CPBL PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Brock Dykxhoorn

5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, HR

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)
June 14 to June 20: Josh Roenicke (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K)
June 21 to June 27: Logan Darnell (7.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, HR)
June 28 to July 04: Logan Darnell (6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, HR)
July 05 to July 11: Josh Roenicke (5.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)
July 12 to July 18: N/A
July 19 to July 25: N/A
July 26 to August 01: Josh Roenicke (7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)
August 02 to August 09: Tzu-Chien Shih (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, E)

KBO HITTER OF THE WEEK

Roberto Ramos

8-17, 0 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K, 0/0 SB

May 03 to May 09: Hyun-soo Kim (6-17, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/0 SB)
May 10 to May 16: Roberto Ramos (6-16, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K, 0/0 SB)
May 17 to May 22: Eun-sung Chae (8-25, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, 0/0 SB)
May 24 to May 30: Roberto Ramos (9-23, 0 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)
May 31 to June 6: Roberto Ramos (6-17, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K, 0/0 SB)
June 07 to June 13: Hyun-soo Kim (7-22, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB)
June 14 to June 20: Ji-hwan Oh (11-23, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, HBP, 1/1 SB)
June 21 to June 27: Keun-woo Jeong (8-14, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 BB, 2 K, HBP, 0/1 SB)
June 28 to July 04: Hyun-soo Kim (6-25, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB)
July 05 to July 11: Hyun-soo Kim (9-23, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K, 0/0 SB
July 12 to July 18: Ji-hwan Oh (7-21, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K, 0/0 SB)
July 19 to July 25: Hyun-soo Kim (8-17, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, 0/0 SB)
July 26 to August 01: Eun-sung Chae (11-25, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K, HBP, 0/0 SB)
August 02 to August 08: Hyun-soo Kim (8-19, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 0/0 SB)
August 09 to August 15: Eun-sung Chae (9-24, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K, HBP, 0/0 SB)

KBO PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Tyler Wilson

7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, HBP

May 03 to May 09: Woo-chan Cha (6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, HR)
May 10 to May 16: Casey Kelly (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
May 17 to May 22: Tyler Wilson (7.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, HR)
May 24 to May 30: Casey Kelly (6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K)
May 31 to June 6: Chan-heon Jung (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 11 K)
June 07 to June 13: Min-ho Lee (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
June 14 to June 20: Chan-gyu Lim (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2 HBP)
June 21 to June 27: Chan-heon Jung (9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K)
June 28 to July 04: Chan-gyu Lim (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)
July 05 to July 11: Chan-heon Jung (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)
July 12 to July 18: Woo-chan Cha (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 K)
July 19 to July 25: Casey Kelly (11.1 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 14 K, HBP, HR)
July 26 to August 01: Casey Kelly (7.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)
August 02 to August 08: Casey Kelly (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HBP)
August 09 to August 15: Casey Kelly (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, HR)

NPB HITTER OF THE WEEK

Norichika Aoki

7-22, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, BB, 3 K, 0/1 SB

June 14 to June 20: Tetsuto Yamada (3-8, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/1 SB)
June 21 to June 27: Tetsuto Yamada (6-24, 0 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 BB, 8 K, 1/1 SB)
June 28 to July 04: Naomichi Nishiura (5-15, 1 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)
July 05 to July 11: Tomotaka Sakaguchi (7-21, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 6 K, 1/1 SB)
July 12 to July 18: Munetaka Murakami (13-23, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)
July 19 to July 25: Norichika Aoki (9-15, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 0 K, 0/0 SB)
July 26 to August 01: Munetaka Murakami (5-20, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB)
August 02 to August 08: Yasutaka Shiomi (7-18, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 6 K, 0/0 SB)
August 09 to August 15: Munetaka Murakami (5-20, 2 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, RBI, 2 BB, 3 K, 0/0 SB)

NPB PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Hirotoshi Takanashi

6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

June 14 to June 20: Yasuhiro Ogawa (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K)
June 21 to June 27: Hirotoshi Takanashi (7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
June 28 to July 04: Taichi Ishiyama (3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HR)
July 05 to July 11: Yasuhiro Ogawa (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)
July 12 to July 18: Yasuhiro Ogawa (6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HBP)
July 19 to July 25: Yasuhiro Ogawa (7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HR)
July 26 to August 01: Keiji Takahashi (8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, HBP)
August 02 to August 08: Hirofumi Yamanaka (8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)
August 09 to August 15: Yasuhiro Ogawa: (9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K)