[6/8/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for May

Central League

Hayato Sakamoto, Yomiuri (Second Time)

May 13 against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the twelfth. Runners on first and second and two out. Sakamoto hit a come-from-behind walk-off double to left. Tomoyuki Sugano held on a to 1-0 lead until he allowed the game-tying run to score in the ninth inning. The Swallows then took a 2-1 lead in the twelfth on a fielder’s choice. Yakult was one out away from taking the game when Sakamoto recorded the ninth walk-off of his career, first since August 20, 2015.

Pacific League

Tadahito Iguchi, Lotte (First Time)

May 14 against Rakuten at QVC Marine Field. Tied at twelve in the bottom of the tenth inning. Runners on second and third and two out. Iguchi hit a walk-off single to left. The Marines took an early lead with a four run first inning, but quickly gave it away in the top of the second. The Eagles added two in the top of the third to take a 6-4 lead. They kept the lead and added six more runs. Lotte kept things close with runs of their own and managed to tie the game at twelve with a three run sixth. Iguchi recorded the eleventh walk-off of his career. At forty-one years of age, he also became the oldest player in franchise history to record a walk-off.

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 112 68 40 4
Hanshin 108 59 48 1
Yokohama 108 54 50 4
Yomiuri 109 53 55 1
Chunichi 111 46 60 5
Yakult 110 38 70 2
Softbank 110 73 37 0
Rakuten 102 63 38 1
Seibu 108 64 42 2
Orix 106 47 58 1
Nippon Ham 106 38 68 0
Lotte 106 34 71 1
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