[6/8/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for May

Central League

Takahiro Araki, Yakult (First Time)

May 14 vs Chunichi at Botchan Stadium. Bottom of the ninth with the score tied at one. Bases loaded with two out. Araki hit a walk-off grand slam to left. The Dragons took the early lead with a run in the first inning. The Swallows answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the second inning. The teams remained locked in a one-all tie until the bottom of the ninth. Chunichi pitchers walked three batters in a row to load the bases and set the stage for Araki’s walk-off grand slam. This was Yakult’s second walk-off grand slam of the season, a first for a team in the Central League.

Pacific League

Shunta Goto, Orix (First Time)

May 7 vs Nippon Ham at Kyocera Dome. Bottom of the 12th with the bases loaded, one out, and the score tied at three. Shunta recorded a walk-off single to right. The Fighters scored first with two runs in the third. The Buffaloes scored a run in the bottom of the inning and two more in the fourth to take a 3-2. Nippon Ham tied the game at three in the sixth. Orix loaded the bases with two hits and a walk in the bottom of the 12th. For Shunta, the deciding hit was his fourth of the game (first four-hit game of his career) and the second walk-off hit of his career. He recorded another walk-off hit on May 31 against Yakult.

Source: NPB 6/8/2017

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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 68 42 25 1
Hanshin 65 37 28 0
Yokohama 68 32 34 2
Chunichi 69 30 36 3
Yomiuri 67 29 38 0
Yakult 67 26 40 1
Rakuten 62 41 21 0
Softbank 69 43 26 0
Seibu 65 36 27 2
Orix 66 30 36 0
Nippon Ham 66 28 38 0
Lotte 68 21 46 1
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