1993 Taiwan Series

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The 1993 Taiwan Series was the third Taiwan Series. The Brother Elephants won the second of three straight titles, but it was the only time in that span there was a Taiwan Series as they won the title outright the other two years.

The Elephants, managed by Toshihide Yamane, had gone 26-23-1 in the first half and 28-22 to take the second half title. They had CPBL MVP Yi-Hsin Chen (20-7, 1.92), the ERA leader. Chen was one of four players named to the first Best Nine in CPBL annals, joined by 1B Kuang-Huei Wang (.328/.391/.493), SS Epy Guerrero Jr. (.293/.339/.418) and OF Chu-Ming Lee (.309/.392/.468). I-Tseng Lin (.248/.293/.316) had a league-high 41 steals but it took 62 tries, while Hector de la Cruz hit .257/.340/.441 and stole 21 bases. Chen had little support on the staff other than closer Al Jones (3-1, 18 Sv, 3.04) and late-season addition Dave Pavlas (2-0, 2.39).

The Lions won the first half (28-18-4) and were 26-22-2 in the second half under skipper Kuen-Chi Cheng. Despite the best overall record, only one player made the Best Nine - C Chi-Chen Tseng (.280/.392/.414). Min-Ching Luo hit .293/.393/.471 as their top offensive threat. José Nuñez (22-5, Sv, 2.42) led the league in wins while Chin-Hsing Kuo (8-5, 18 Sv, 2.39) tied for the save lead with Jones. Chang-Heng Hsieh (13-9, 2.68) and José Canó (6-4, 2.85) gave the team good pitching depth.

In game one, on October 16, the Elephants won a 1-0 pitching duel, getting the only run in the 9th. Yi-Hsin Chen got the win over Nuñez in a battle of 20-game winners while Pai-Heng Lin drove in the winner. The next day, the Elephants won again, this time by a 4-1 score, with Pavlas beating Hsieh and Jones saving it. I-Tseng Lin homered while Jung-Tai Sung homered. On October 19, the Lions got their first win, a 2-0 win for Canó as Chip Duncan lost. Wen-Sheng Lu drove in the winning run.

Game Four marked the third shutout as the Elephants won 2-0. Hsien-Chang Chen won the game, Nuñez falling to 0-2 after his 22-win regular season. Yi-Hsin Chen got the save. Yan-Cheng Chen drove in the winning run. On October 21, the Lions won a 6-3 contest to stay alive as Hsieh beat Pavlas and Chin-Hsing Kuo saved the win. Lin-Lien Wu drove in the winner. Francisco Laureano went deep for the Lions and Yan-Cheng Chen for the Elephants. On October 23, the Elephants put it away with another low-scoring game, 2-1. Jones got the win and Canó the loss with Yi-Hsin Chen saving his second to go with his win. I-Chung Hong drove in the winner and was named Taiwan Series MVP. The teams had combined for only 22 runs in 6 games.

Primary Source: Taiwan Baseball Wiki