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Lions, Golden Eagles also win second game in Asia Series
TAOYUAN CITY (Taiwan) - Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and Samsung Lions both won their second game of the Asia Series on Sunday (November 17). With this, the champions of Japan and South Korea remained unbeaten and closed the preliminary round as winner of their respective groups. The Golden Eagles now will meet the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions (Taiwan) in the semi-final on Tuesday, while the Korean Lions play against the Canberra Cavalry (Australia) on Monday. The winners of these games meet in the final on Wednesday.

On Sunday-afternoon, the Golden Eagles won 6-3 vs. Canberra, while being outhit 8-6. In the evening, the Korean Lions needed an extra inning to remain unbeaten, winning 5-4 in 10 innings against the Taiwanese Lions. Today's games were played at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium.

Canberra became the first non-Asian team to advance to the Asia Series Play-Offs.

Canberra Cavalry vs. Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles rallied for three runs in the second inning off of starter Chris Motta. The Japanese squad got the bases loaded with no outs when Taishi Nakagawa singled, Yusuke Kosai was hit by a pitch and Shintaro Masuda also singled. A strikeout followed, but then Shota Koseki cleared the bases with a 3-run double.

The Golden Eagles added a run in the third inning on a single by Yusuke Kosai, after the Aussies had turned a double play. That followed two lead-off walks, which led to a pitching change. An error with two outs led to the fifth run in the fifth inning.

Trailing 5-0, Canberra came back in the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Golden Eagles-starter Satoshi Nagai had given up three hits in the previous four innings and had struckout six batters. With one out, Robbie Perkins doubled, then scored when Shane Opitz followed with a single. Jon Berti then added another single. After the two runners had advanced on a grounder, they scored when Casey Frawley doubled. A single by Jeremy Barnes then put runners on the corners, but a flyout ended the inning.

It was the lone productive inning for the Australians. After the fifth inning, two Japanese relievers retired the final 12 batters in order.

In the eighth, the Eagles added a run. With two outs, Shintaro Masuda walked and then his pinch-runner Makoto Moriyama scored on a following triple by Tetsuro Nishida. The bases got loaded when the next two batters were hit by a pitch, but the three runners stranded when a groundout ended the inning.

Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions vs. Samsung Lions
The Korean Lions trailed 2-1, then led 4-2, but eventually won 5-4 in 10 innings.

The Koreans opened the score in the third inning on a single by Seung-yeop Lee, but the Taiwanese home team answered with two runs in its second at bat. The Taiwanese Lions came alongside on a hit by Wu-hsiung Pan, then took a 2-1 lead on a hit by Yung-chi Chen.

In the fourth inning, Samsung Lions scored twice to retake the lead, thanks to a 2-run double by Hyung-sik Jung. A run was added in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Han-yi Park.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lions used four pitchers when the home team started to come back. But the Taiwanese Lions scored only once on a double by Wu-hsiung Pan.

In the eighth, the Taiwanese squad came alongside off yet another reliever on a sac-fly by Chi-wei Teng.

In the top of the tenth inning, the Koreans decided the game with two outs. Seung-yeop Lee led off with a single off of reliever Boof Bonser, but he was caught stealing. Bonser (who pitched in the Majors for Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's) then saw Han-yi Park (who fouled off several pitches) groundout, but then walked Tae-wan Kim and was replaced by Luis Vizcaino. The Dominican pitched 11 seasons in the Major League for eight teams. Moments later, pinch-runner Chan-do Park stole second base, then scored on a single by Dong-kyun Woo on the next delivery by Vizcaino. And that would be the winning run.

(November 17)

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