Chinese Taipei Starter, Wang
A home run by Stefan Welch wasn't enough to get Team Australia over the line, as they fell 4-1 to a strong Chinese Taipei line-up headlined by former Yankee Pitcher Chien Ming Wang.
Wang, a two time 19 game winner, kept the Australian line-up scoreless through his six innings, striking out two and allowing four hits. Team Australia were unlucky to go down 1-2-3 in the first inning as replays showed Luke Hughes was safe on an infield groundout, and Chinese Taipei capitalised with two singles off Chris Oxspring to take an early 1-0 lead.
Speaking on this after the game, Manager Deeble said “I think we got a tough call in the third inning at first base and a tough call on a three-two pitch but I don’t think that cost us the game”.
Team Australia hit well off Wang, but did little with their opportunities, grounding into three double plays from their four base-runners. As Wang cruised, Oxspring ran into trouble in the third inning, as Che-Hsuan Lin singled to centre and Cheng-Min Peng walked. A double Chih-Sheng Lin scored one and a grounder from Szu-Chi Chou scored another to put Australia in a 3-0 hole.
Jon Deeble went to his bullpen early to ensure eligibility for Chris Oxspring later in the competition, who gave up five hits and a walk through his 2.2 innings. Dushan Ruzic did well to hold the Chinese Taipei line-up with 1.1 scoreless innings while striking out one, however Warwick Saupold came in for the fifth and...click here for the full story.