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Dragons record their 10th walk-off victory of the season

by on Aug.16, 2010 @ 3:03 pm, under NPB

The Chunichi Dragons recorded their 10th walk-off victory of the season last night (which leads both leagues) when Masahiko Morino hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th with runners on first and second and 1 out.

The franchise high of 11 walk-off victories was set back in 1988.  10 walk-off victories matches the totals the Dragons collected in 1954, 1967, and 1999.  Of the four times in the past that the team has notched 10 or more walk-off victories in a season, the Dragons have gone on to win the CL three times (1954, 1988, and 1999).

On a side note, it seems Hiromitsu Ochiai told Morino that if he didn't hit the ball, he'd be required to attend practice today.  Normally that might not be a huge issue, but Morino apparently wanted to get his driver's license renewed today.  With the hit, he secured the day off.

Note: It seems the league high of 14 walk-off victories was set by both Yomiuri (1968) and Yakult (1993).