1999 Taiwan Series
The Whales had finished first in the 1999 CPBL regular season at 60-29-2. Lai-Fa Lee was the manager. They had four players named to the Best Nine in P Kevin Henthorne (15-5, 2.48), C Kuang-Hao Wang (.310/.380/.438), SS Franklin Parra (.302/.356/.463, 34 SB) and OF Lien-Hung Chen (.331/.438/.498). Alex Cabrera (.325/.382/.579) and Chi-Feng Hung (.333/.408/.579, the batting titlist) also hit very well. Supporting Henthorne on the staff were Chien-Fu Kuo Lee (15-5, 2.89), Genji Kaku (9-5, 2.34), Carlos Mirabal (2-1, 13 Sv, 1.87) and Calvin Jones (2-2, 11 Sv, 2.32). Mirabal led the league in ERA while Kuo Lee and Henthorne tied for the win lead.
The Dragons were third in the regular season for manager Sheng-Ming Hsu at 49-39-4. They only had one player make the Best Nine, 3B Tai-Shan Chang (.321/.388/.532), who led with 70 RBI. Carlos Sievers hit .295/.389/.449 in 22 games. Gab Ozuna (10-5, 2.69) was the top starter and Matt Turner (3-0, 15 Sv, 1.93) the top reliever.
In game 1, on November 3, the Dragons won a 5-0 shutout as the Whales had just five hits while making four errors. Mike Iglesias, after an 0-3 regular season, beat win leader Henthorne. Sievers drove in the winner but was suspended for the remainder of the Series (along with Kuang-Hao Wang of the Whales and Bernie Tatis of the Dragons) over a 5th-inning brawl. On November 4, the Dragons won 5-2 as Ozuna beat Kaku. Cheng-Chin Hong drove in the game-winning run.
On November 6, Wei Chuan kept rolling as Deok-chill Kim took a 3-2 decision over Kuo Lee. Javier Cruz saved it. Chiung-Lung Huang (who would be named Taiwan Series MVP) drove in the winner while Lien-Hung Chen homered in a losing cause. Game 4 was the only one won by the Whales, a 6-0 victory as the Dragons had only 3 hits and made 3 errors. Chi-Hsien Ho got the win over Saul Valenzuela while Parra homered. On November 9, the Whales led 4-3 going into the bottom of the 9th but the Dragons scored twice to lock it up. Oscar Rivera got the win and Mirabal took the loss. Chin-Mou Chen drove in the winning run. Shu-Mu Chueh homered for the Whales, who got all 3 home runs in the Series while falling in five games. They made 10 errors overall, which hurt a lot.
Primary Source: Taiwan Baseball Wiki