Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rhinos Win Sixth in a Row

The EDA Rhinos kept up their winning ways Saturday evening as they beat the Lamigo Monkeys for the second time in as many days. The Rhinos used a four-run eighth inning to crack open a tight game and win 7-3. They have now won a season high six straight games.

Manny Ramirez extended his hitting streak to a modest four games with two singles and an RBI in four at bats. He now has seven hits in his last 12 trips to the plate to up his average to .366 on the season. The RBI was his 19th.

The Manny experience continues to pay off in more than one way for the EDA Rhinos as they continue to win games and sell tickets. Over 17,700 showed up tonight at Taoyuan Stadium, compared to only 5,082 last Sunday when the Brother Elephants and Monkeys played at the same stadium.

The win pushes the Rhinos record to 15-6-1 on the season to remain atop the CPBL standings.

In the other CPBL game, the Uni Lions exploded for five runs in the top of the 12th inning to beat the Brother Elephants 7-2. The win keeps them 1.5 games back of the Rhinos.

Sunday's games have the Rhinos and Monkeys in Taoyuan at 5:05 pm, and the Elephants and Lions in Taichung at the same time.

Ramirez Drives In 3 More

It sure is fun watching Manny Ramirez swing a hot bat. Ramirez continued his streaky week Friday, leading the Rhinos with a three hit, three RBI performance as they beat the host Lamigo Monkeys 10-6 at Taoyuan Stadium. 

In the top of the first, Ramirez came to the plate with runners on first and second and ripped Monkeys' starter Brian Burres' first offering down the line in left for an RBI double. Then in the fourth, with a runner on first and two outs, Ramirez ripped an 0-1 curveball to deep left center for another RBI double. He would later add an RBI single. 

It took some great defense from Lamigo to keep Manny from having a perfect evening, as his only out came on a diving catch from the Monkeys' left fielder. 

So it seems all Manny Ramirez needed was a home run to get things going at the plate again. Before Tuesday night's extra innings home run, Manny was mired in a 1-for-15 (.067) slump dating back to April 19th. Since that game winner, he's 5-for-8 (.625) with five RBI. 

Gao Guo Hui added a three run home run to help the Rhinos win their fifth straight and move to 14-6-1 on the season. 

In other CPBL action, the Uni Lions crushed the Brother Elephants 8-1 to remain 1.5 games behind the Rhinos in the standings. The rest of the weekend's schedule looks like this:

Rhinos at Monkeys
Saturday, 5:05 pm, Taoyuan Stadium.
Sunday, 5:05 pm, Taoyuan Stadium.

Lions at Elephants
Saturday, 5:05 pm, Tianmu Stadium
Sunday, 5:05 pm, Taichung's Intercontinental Stadium

Friday, April 26, 2013

Manny Leads Rhinos to Another Win

Manny Ramirez is having a good week. He followed up his extra innings home run Tuesday night with a two hit, two RBI performance Thursday, leading the EDA Rhinos to a 3-1 victory over the Brother Elephants. Manny had RBI singles in his first two at bats and those runs proved to be all the Rhinos' pitchers needed on a damp night in Xinzhuang.

Starter Lin Chen Hua went 6.2 scoreless innings. The Rhinos then turned to Lin Zheng Feng for four outs before Zach Hammes nailed down his fifth save of the season.

Ramirez's two RBI leave him with 15, good for third overall in the league. He sits five behind league leader Chang Tai Shan of the Uni Lions, although Chang has 18 more plate appearances.

The win was the fourth straight for the Rhinos, who moved 1.5 games ahead of the idle Lions. The Rhinos will take on the Monkeys this weekend, while the Lions will play the Elephants. For anyone looking to catch a game, here's what the schedule looks like.

Rhinos at Monkeys
Friday, 6:35 pm, Taoyuan Stadium.
Saturday, 5:05 pm, Taoyuan Stadium.
Sunday, 5:05 pm, Taoyuan Stadium.

Lions at Elephants
Friday, 6:35 pm, Xinzhuang Stadium
Saturday, 5:05 pm, Tianmu Stadium
Sunday, 5:05 pm, Taichung's Intercontinental Stadium