CPBL: Lions win Taiwan Series before another sell-out crowd

CPBL: Lions win Taiwan Series before another sell-out crowd
All seven games of the series sold out. Due to COVID-19 safety measures, games were played at 78% stadium capacity.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan -- The Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions defeated the CTBC Brothers, 7-4, Sunday night in Game 7 of the 2020 Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) Taiwan Series at a sold-out Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.

It is the Lions' league-leading 10th CPBL title, as they overcame a three-games-to-one series deficit. Former Boston Red Sox prospect Teddy Stankiewicz allowed four runs over 6.2 innings, before Canadian Brock Dykxhoorn came on in relief to secure the win and the series for the Lions.

CTBC Brothers starter Ariel Miranda was charged with the loss.

Lions center fielder Chieh-Shien Chen highlighted the night with a two-run homer in the seventh inning that broke the game open.

Lions manager Yueh-Ping Daddy Pie said: “All we want to do is to play games that are uplifting and touches people’s hearts.”

The Lions are now the third team in CPBL history to win the series after trailing three games to one.

Due to COVID-19, all Taiwan Series games were played at 78% maximum capacity. All seven games of the Taiwan Series were sold out.

CPBL, an associate member of WBSC, was the first professional baseball league to open the season following the COVID-19 outbreak. The annual CPBL award ceremony is scheduled for 16 November and will officially close the season of 2020.