Thursday, April 24, 2008

April 24th, 2008: Fuzhou at Chengdu

April 24th, 2008

Fuzhou Whales at Chengdu Spice

CHENGDU – With a five run bulge in the bottom of the 7th inning, the Spice burst out of the shackles of the Southwestern League cellar, defeating Fuzhou 6-5.

Chengdu’s offensive explosion in the bottom of the 7th inning came after a single, a pair of walks, and a big grand slam home run by Leon Durham, knocking Fuzhou starter Wes Ferrell out of the box with his first loss. There weren’t many fans on to cheer the hometown heroes, but those that did come went away satisfied with the second Spice win of the season.

The blast, Durham’s first of the season, came as Leon pinch-hit for starter Jim Bunning. Chengdu’s manager is hoping that it will deliver a needed boost to the depressed Spice lineup, with stars such as Mel Ott hitting .118 and Mike Piazza hitting .143.

Click here for boxscore.

Today’s Other Games

Northeastern League

Tokyo Giants 5, Beijing Red Dragons 2 At Beijing

Nishinomiya Tigers 5, Harbin Icecaps 4 At Nishinomiya. The Tigers handed a loss and a blown save to Harbin closer Goose Gossage with three tallies in the bottom of the eighth.

Beijing Mets 3, Shenyang Defenders 0 At Shenyang. Beijing now has a six game winning streak and is in first by two games, with a 9-1 record.

Southeastern League

Shanghai Red Sox 3, Nanjing Monarchs 2 At Nanjing. Nanjing starter Pedro Martinez limited Shanghai to 5 hits, but gave up three solo homers in the process.

Suzhou Artisans 3, Shanghai White Sox 1 At Shanghai. Suzhou’s Kirby Puckett was injured, out for 13 games.

Hangzhou Eagles 3, Wenzhou Merchants 2 At Wenzhou.

Northwestern League

Lanzhou Refiners 4, Wuhan Turtles 1 At Lanzhou. Tommy Holmes was injured for Lanzhou, will miss 10 games.

Jinan Leopards 2, Taiyuan Kylin 1 At Taiyuan

Zhengzhou Dragons 3, Urumqi Flying Tigers 1 At Zhengzhou

Southwestern League

Guangzhou Fire 6, Chongqing Fog 3 At Guangzhou

Yunnan Bulls 5, Taibei Brother Elephants 3 At Taibei. Taibei starting pitcher Ray Kremer was injured, will miss 14 days.

Lhasa Monks 4, Xianggang Reds 2 At Xianggang

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