The monkey hits the dragon and wins the half-season title

On Sunday, Rakuten Monkeys won the CPBL Half-Season Champion after defeating Wei Chuan Dragons 10-2 at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium.

For Rakuten Group, which acquired Monkeys from La New Corporation in 2019, it was the 14th half-season title and the first title.

After outfielder Lin Xiaochen hit a single to take second base, the Dragons scored in the top of the third inning.

Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

The Monkeys rebounded in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three runs following a series of hits by Lin Lee and Chen Ching, leading 3-1.

Starting pitcher Wang Yi pitched 5 innings and allowed only 2 runs and 6 hits in one walk.

The Taoyuan team continued to play powerfully, surpassing the dragon with another seven runs to claim victory in Taoyuan in front of more than 12,000 spectators.

Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Lynn was chosen as the most valuable player in the game.

It was the title of Rakuten Monkeys’ first half-season under the direction of Zen Haochu, who said his next goal was to win the CPBL regular season title.

Zen said winning the title has great implications for Rakuten, players and coaches.

Relief pitcher Chen Yu-hsun, who took over the mound from the king and kept the Dragons batters away, said the half-season title was special to him and the team.

Chen was his 100th victory in his relief career at CPBL and his 10th victory this season.

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