The Softbank Hawks clinched first place during Inter-league play on Sunday with their 8-4 victory over the Hanshin Tigers and the Chiba Lotte Marine’s 5-1 loss at the hands of the Yomiuri Giants.
The Pacific League also recorded more wins than the Central League (with two games left to play, they are 59-46-1). The PL will be rewarded a total thirty million yen. The money will be split based on the final standings of teams (first place ten million, second place five million, third place four million, fourth place three million, fifth place two million, sixth place one million, and five million to the team with the highest winning percentage).
Three player awards will also be handed out. The MVP will be given to one player from the team with the highest winning percentage in the Pacific League. The Nihon Seimei Award will be given to one player from each league.
Inter-league First Place Teams since 2005