[10/17/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for September/October

Central League

Tomohiro Abe, Hiroshima (First Time)

September 5 vs Hanshin at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, down 7-6 with a runner on second and one out. Abe hit a walk-off home run to right-center.

The Carp scored two runs in the bottom of the first, but quickly lost the lead after giving up two runs in second and another run in third. They answered back with three runs in the bottom of third and had a two-run lead heading into the fifth. However, Hiroshima again allowed the Tigers to claw back and tie the game in the top of the sixth. Abe broke the tie and gave the Carp a 6-5 lead in the seventh. Through seven full innings, the two teams combined for eleven runs and seventeen hits. Kosuke Fukudome put the Tigers ahead 7-6 with a two-run blast in the ninth. Abe stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with a runner on second and one out. On the fourth pitch of his at bat, he hit a drive to right-center for a walk-off two-run home run. The walk-off home run was the first of Abe’s career.

Pacific League

Alfredo Despaigne, Softbank (First Time)

September 3 vs Rakuten at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 9th, score tied at zero with runners on first and second and two out. Despaigne hit a walk-off single to center.

Tsuyoshi Wada got the start for Softbank, Takahiro Norimoto for Rakuten. Wada tossed seven shutout innings. Sho Iwasaki and Livan Moinelo also kept the Eagles off the board. Norimoto scattered three singles through eight innings. He then gave up a one-out single to Kenta Imamiya. A sac bunt and intentional walk later, with runners on first and second and two out, Despaigne swung at the first pitch of his bat and recorded a walk-off single to center. The walk-off was the third of his career (single on May 15,2016 and sac fly on April 21, 2017).

Source: NPB 10/17/2017

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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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