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Lions make league history by breaking 900 barrier

Lions make league history by breaking 900 barrier

The President Lions tore apart the Brother Elephants with a 20-hit attack on the way to a 15-3 victory on Thursday night, chalking up their 900th win in franchise history.
By beating the Brother team at home in Tainan City on Thursday, the Lions also took firm hold of first place with a three-game lead over the La New Bears in Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League.
It was a milestone worth celebrating, given that they are the first to break the 900 barrier since the "Orginal Four" of the Lions, the Elephants, the Weichuan Dragons and the Mercury Tigers kicked off Taiwan's pro-baseball history back in 1990. The Elephants presently have 833 victories under their belt.
The President Lions now have a record of 900 wins, 728 losses and 74 draws for a total of 1,702 games played over 18 seasons. In second place are the Brother Elephants, with 833 wins, 802 losses and 66 draws. Taiwan pro-baseball allows games to end in draws, due to local municipal laws dictating that all games must finish before a certain time to prevent late-night "disturbances."
In Thursday's contest, the Brother Elephants scored first on outfielder Chen "Golden Warrior" Chi-yuan's two-run homer in the opening frame. Thereafter, it was all the Lions as they scored four runs in the bottom half of the first inning with first baseman Kao Kuo-ching smacking a solo homer.
The Lions starting line-up had five players with multiple hits, and four of them have two or more RBIs in the game.
In the sixth frame on Thursday, Lions third baseman Tilson Brito took Brother lefty Yen Ting-ren deep for a solo homer into the left field bleachers. It opened the flood gate as the big cats scored four runs in the inning to cruise past the Elephants with the eventual 15-3 final.
It was the 30th dinger for the Dominican slugger Brito, nicknamed "Sky Thunder" by the fans, who is into his second season in Taiwan.
And in a late result last night, Brito blasted his 31st homer against Brother Elephant starter Wu Bao-hsien in the opening frame.
With 11 more games left, Brito is on pace to break the CPBL all-time home run record of 31 in a season - previously set by Panamanian Luis Iglesias of the Mercury Tigers in 1996, and equaled by American Jay Kirkpatrick of the Sinon Bulls in 1998.
Last night, the Lions clawed themselves to a 3-0 win over the pachyderms.
In other action this week, the Elephants thrashed the Macoto Cobras 12-3, while the La New Bears squeezed past the Lions 11-8 on Wednesday.
In Tuesday's games, the Lions defeated the La New Bears 5-1, and the Cobras whipped the Elephants 17-4.
Today, the Macoto Cobras take on the Chinatrust Whales at Taipei County's Hsinchuang Stadium, while the La New Bears host the Sinon Bulls at home in Kaohsiung's Cheng Ching Lake Stadium.