2020 1st Half Season Champions: CTBC Brothers
Two outs, bottom of the ninth, runners on first and second, the CTBC Brothers were leading the Uni-Lions 6-1. The Brothers’ Jose De Paula threw a 148kph fastball at the outer corner and struck out the Uni-Lions’ batter.
The stadium instantly erupted with cheers with thousands of yellow streamers covering the sky and the field.
Just like that, on July 14, the CTBC Brothers have won the first-half season title for the 2020 CPBL season and punched their ticket to the playoff.
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) July 15, 2020
“I want to thank the players for trying their best this half-season,” said the Brothers’ manager Chiu Chang-Jung. “Being a rookie manager, I really appreciate all the support from the front office and the coaching team.”
The Brothers’ starting pitcher Jose De Paula dominated the Uni-Lions’ lineup. The hard-throwing left-hander pitched a complete game, allowing just one earned run on five hits and struck out 14 batters.
“I have been preparing for this game for almost a week,” said Jose De Paula. “I want to thank the pitching coach for providing me with some ideas on how to approach the hitters in the CPBL.”
With the Brothers taking home the 2020 half-season title, this is also their 16th half-season title in their franchise history. (Brother Elephants 1990-2013, CTBC Brothers 2014-Present)