After being shutdown by Brothers’ pitching in game 1, Lamigo Monkeys returned with their offense on full display in front of over 17,000 fans and take game 2 of the Taiwan Series.

Lead by cleanup hitter 林泓育 (Lin Hung-Yu), who finished the night 3-for-4 with 4 RBI.  Monkeys scored total of 14 runs on 18 hits as they powered past Chinatrust Brothers for a 14-5 win and puts Monkeys in a 2-1 lead in the 2017 Taiwan Series.

“The way I approach Taiwan Series is the same way I approach our regular season game.  If there’s runner on scoring position I will do my best to bring them home.”  Said Lin Hung-Yu Taiwan Series G2 MVP.

“Our players were under a lot of stress the first 3 innings, but they seems to settled down after that.  Before the game, we (management) told our young players that there’s nothing to be scared about.  Just go out there and treat this as another game” – Lamigo Monkeys skipper Hung I-Chung in the post game interview.

Monkeys take game 2 of the best-of-seven Taiwan Series. Final Score Monkeys 14 - Brothers 5
Monkeys take game 2 of the best-of-seven Taiwan Series. Final Score Monkeys 14 – Brothers 5

G2 Taiwan Series recap

Brothers continued with their hot hands at the start of the game, with double from 吳東融 (Wu Tung-Jung) and a throwing error from Monkeys catchers Brothers scored their first run of the game.  張志豪 (Chang Chih-Hao) then followed up with a 2-run opposite field home run which put Brothers ahead of Monkeys 3-0 in the first inning.

Both teams offense goes back and forth with Monkeys scored 2 runs, while Brothers managed to get 3 more off Monkeys starting pitcher Darin Downs.  Brothers carried a 5-2 lead into the bottom of 4th.

The big inning at 4th

With Brothers starting pitcher Orlando Roman unable to keep his pitches down, Monkeys started the 4th inning with a back-to-back single from 林承飛 (Lin Cheng-Fei) & 林智平 (Lin Chih-Ping).  After laying down a bunt to advance the runners, 藍寅倫 (Lan Yin-Lun) rips a 2 RBI double down the gap.

With Monkeys quickly closing the gap, Brothers pulled Orlando Roman and activated their bullpen hoping to stop the bleeding.  Reliever 官大元 (Kuan Ta-Yuan) then was able to get the 2nd out of the inning with a grounder.

Facing CPBL quadruple crown winner 王柏融 (Wang Po-Jung) with game-tying run in scoring position, Brothers management decided to intentionally walk Wang and face 林泓育 (Lin Hung-Yu) instead.  And then everything goes downhill from that.

The irregular bounce / alternative home field advantage?

Kuan managed to get 林泓育 (Lin Hung-Yu) hits a routine grounder, however the it came with a bad hop.  Despite Brothers 2nd baseman trying to block it with his glove at the last moment, it hopped over him and Monkeys scored the game tying run.

Monkeys continued their rally.  First with go-ahead RBI single from 陳俊秀 (Chen Chun-Hsiu) followed by 2 RBI double from 郭嚴文 (Kuo Yen-Wen).  With 6 hits and a walk, Monkeys scored 6 runs and now with a 8-5 lead after the bottom of 4th inning.

Solid Monkeys bullpen in G2

Despite the horrible outing in game 1, Monkeys bullpen was outstanding in game 2, finished the last 3 innings without giving up any hit or walk, while struck out 4 in the process.

Monkeys was able to break apart Brothers bullpen by scoring 2 runs in 6th, 7th and 8th inning to further expend their lead to 14-5.  And the rest is history.  Lamigo Monkeys take game 2 of the Taiwan Series and now lead the series 2-1.

G3 probable pitchers

Brothers will bring the series back to Taichung hoping to tie the series.  LHP 洪宸宇 (Hung Chen-Yu) will be the game 3 starter for Brothers, while Monkeys will have RHP Zack Segovia on the mound.


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