The 21st season of the CPBL got under way this evening with the Brother Elephants defeating the 7-11 Uni-President Lions 1-0. The Elephants were led by seven innings of shutout pitching from starter Jim Magrane and a strong performance in the field. Tracy Thorpe and Ryan Cullen came on for an inning each, while lead-off hitter Wang Sheng-Wei went 2 for 4 with a stolen base and the game's only RBI. The Lions wasted a good showing from their starter Pan Wei-Lun, and could have done better on the base-paths, especially in the bottom of the eighth inning, when overly aggressive running led to an easy third out at home.
The game was held at the Tienmu stadium in Taipei and the ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-Jeou. These two teams go at it again on Sunday, opening the new stadium in Taoyuan. Ryan Murphy and Jerome Williams are the scheduled starters. The Bears and Bulls also play tomorrow in Kaohsiung (Aaron Rakers vs. Shoda Itsuki).