While winter ball is just beginning, and we’ll have a full look at the Caribbean scene in an upcoming blog post, the CPBL is in the midst of its Fall Classic, the Taiwan Series.
Unfortunately in Taiwan, Nick Green’s EDA Rhinos are down two games to none to the Uni Lions after losing the first two games on the road at Tainan Municipal Stadium, including Game 2 started by Green last night. The former Revs righty pitched well, striking out 9 and taking a 2-2 tie into the eighth, but allowed two runs in that eighth inning in a 4-2 loss. It appears that their format is 2-2-3, so the series will shift home to Kaohsiung for the next two games at Chengching Lake Field with the Rhinos looking to force the series back to Tainan.
Click here to watch highlights of Green’s Game 2 performance.
Click here for some highlights and comments from his manager on the postgame show. It will probably be more informative if you can speak Chinese.
A little history lesson: the Rhinos are in their first season under that name, and had been known as the Sinon Bulls from 1996-2012 until the Sinon Corporation sold the team last December. The franchise is in its first Taiwan Series since 2010 when the Bulls were swept by Brother Elephants. The last time the franchise won it all was when the Bulls went back-to-back in 2004 and 2005.
Similar to the Caribbean Series at the end of the winter league seasons, the winner of the Taiwan Series will go on to compete in the Asia Series, which also welcomes winners from Nippon Professional Baseball (Japan), the Korean Baseball Organization, the China Baseball League, and the Australian Baseball League.
Meanwhile in the Dominican Republic, Chris Cody earned the win last night in a 6-1 victory for Aguilas Cibaenas, actually opposing and defeating 2012 Revolution rotation-mate Omar Javier on the mound. Cody allowed just one run on three hits in 5.2 innings, and is 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA through two starts. Looks like he picked up right where he left off.