CHINESE TAIPEI 12, CHINA 3
TOKYO (Ticker) -- Yung Chi Chen sent Chinese Taipei home with something to smile about. Chen had a grand slam and drove in five runs as Chinese Taipei rolled to a 12-3 victory over China in the World Baseball Classic finale for both teams. Wei-Lun Pan allowed two hits with two walks in four innings and struck out five for Chinese Taipei (1-2), which finished third in Pool A. Korea and Japan both had clinched the group's two berths in the second round by winning their first two games. While the game may not have had implications for the tournament, it did carry some importance from a political standpoint for the two Asian nations. "Our team was very nervous as it was a big game," China manager Jim Lefebvre said. "But that's part of being a professional player and they did not handle it well." Chinese Taipei scored just one run in the first three innings before pulling away against China starter Nan Wang in the fourth. Chin-lung Hu delivered a one-out double and Chia-Hsien Hseih followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Zheng Xu replaced Wang and issued a walk to load the bases and, after Chung-Shou Yang struck out, Chen drove a 3-1 pitch well over the left field fence for a 5-0 lead. "This will be a great memory," Chen said through an interpreter. "We beat China and I hit the first grand home run in my life. This is my best game in international competition and one of the best in my career." Chen added an RBI double in the sixth as Chinese Taipei continued to break open the game against the overmatched Chinese. Wei Wang had two RBI for China (0-3), which was outscored, 40-5, in the tournament. "Although our team didn't play well, I would like to thank the WBC organizers," Lefebvre said. "Next time we'll be more prepared and play better."