[12/2/2016] 2016 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award

The NPB announced on December 1 that Hiroshima’s Seiya Suzuki and Softbank’s Yuki Yoshimura were winners of the 2016 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award.

Central League

Seiya Suzuki, Hiroshima

June 18 against Orix at Mazda Stadium. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Runners on first and third and one out. Suzuki hit a walk-off, come-from-behind, three-run home run to left. The Carp held a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, but starter Akitake Okada gave up two runs in the seventh on three hits and a walk. Reliever Takeru Imamura allowed another run to score in the top of the ninth to give Orix a 3-1. This was Suzuki’s second walk-off home run in as many days. He became the tenth player in NPB history to record walk-off home runs in consecutive games.

Pacific League

Yuki Yoshimura, Softbank

April 17 vs Rakuten at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 12th inning with the score tied at seven and a runner on first and no out. Yoshimura blasted a walk-off two-run home run to left-center. He also hit a three-run home run to tie the game in the 9th.

Source: NPB announcement

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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