Chinatrust Brothers’ ace Bryan Woodall is doing what he does best, going out there and throw strikes.  With Woodall pitched 7 strong innings against Lamigo Monkeys, Brothers have won game 1 of the 2017 Taiwan Series and tied the series 1-1.  (Lamigo Monkeys have 1 win advantage)

“It’s my job to go out there and set the tone, and give our team a chance to win.  I just try to go out there and throw strikes and keep my team in the game.”  Said Taiwan Series G1 MVP Bryan Woodall.

“These kids we have, they’re playing great baseball right now.  Pretty much what we (management) have been telling them is to enjoy what they’re doing, keep working hard and good things will happen.  And the team is certainly heading towards that” – Brothers skipper Cory Snyder in the post game interview.

Brothers take game 1 of the best-of-seven Taiwan Series. Final Score Brothers 8 – Monkeys 5
Brothers take game 1 of the best-of-seven Taiwan Series. Final Score Brothers 8 – Monkeys 5

G1 Taiwan Series Recap

In font of over 19,000 baseball fans.  The young Chinatrust Brothers team have done everything correctly last night from pitching to hitting.

Starting pitcher Bryan Woodall delivered 7 outstanding innings, only gave up 2 earned runs in 108 pitches, while Brothers lineup completely destroyed Monkeys pitching staff with total of 13 hits.  Chinatrust Brothers have won game 1 of the Taiwan Series 8-5.

Lamigo Monkeys started the game strong with a leadoff double from 藍寅倫 (Lan Yin-Lun), followed by a fielder’s choice and a deep sacrifice fly from 林泓育 (Lin Hung-Yu), Monkeys takes the 1-0 lead in the bottom of 1st.

Brothers fought back immediately in top of 2nd, first with a error by Monkeys third baseman and a walk from starting pitcher Zeke Spruill.  With runners on scoring positions, with a swing of bat, Brothers’ hard hitting 21-year 陳子豪 (Chen Tzu-Hao) puts Brothers ahead 2-1 with a double down the line.

Despite running into some turbulence, Monkeys starting pitcher Zeke Spruill was able to minimised the damage to only 4 runs (2ER) in 6 innings of work while striking out 5 Brothers hitters.

Having 2 weeks off hurting Monkeys bullpen?

With Spruill pulled after 6 innings and Monkeys bullpen unable to find the strikezone due to 2 weeks of break.  Brothers lineup began to tear open Monkeys bullpen.  First with a hit from 陳江和 (Chen Chiang-Ho), followed by a walk and an infield hit from 吳東融 (Wu Tung-Jung).  Brothers now found themselves in a favorable situation of bases loaded with no out.

Despite fastball hitting 149kph (93mph) Monkeys reliever 王躍霖 (Wang Yueh-Lin) struggled with his commands and was unable to stop the bleeding, as Brothers 周思齊 (Chou Szu-Chi) draw a walk while the bases loaded, and 張志豪 (Chang Chih-Hao) scored another runner with a sacrifice fly.  Brothers now leading 6-2 after the 6h inning.

Brothers continues to hammered Monkeys bullpen as they scored another 2 runs in 8th and 9th with a string of hits which further extended their lead to 8-2.

Late comeback attempt, but too late for Monkeys

With a 6 runs cushion in the bottom of the 9th, Brothers sent out their hard throwing sidearmer 王鴻程 (Wang Hung-Cheng) to finish the job.

Wang found himself in a bases loading jam after a hit-by-pitch, an error and a single.  Monkeys then took the opportunity with a bases clearing double from 藍寅倫 (Lan Yin-Lun).  Which reduced the gap to 8-5.

Fortunately, after the mound visit, Wang was able to settled down and secured game 1 victory for the Brothers in 2017 Taiwan Series.

Fun moment from G1 of Taiwan Series

It’s magic and baseball! Apart from cheering for your team with your standard chant and dance, fans are going all out with their supporting gears.  Including religious amulets and an actual Taoist priest praying for the team.

Game 2 probable pitchers

Both Brothers and Monkeys will meet once again at Taoyuan stadium on Sunday.  Monkeys will send out LHP Darin Downs, while Brothers will have veteran RHP Orlando Roman on the mound.


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