[9/12/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for August

Central League

Seiya Suzuki, Hiroshima (Second Time)

August 23 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, score tied at eight. Suzuki blasts a walk-off home run to left.

The Yakult Swallows took an early seven run lead, but the Hiroshima Carp came back with two runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth. At the end of the seven innings, the Swallows were up 8-5. The Carp managed to tie the game with a one-out three-run home run by Yoshihiro Maru in the bottom of the ninth. Suzuki followed with a walk-off home run to left.

The walk-off was Suzuki’s first since June 14, 2017 (vs Orix). He won his first Sayonara Award in June 2016.

Pacific League

Yurisbel Gracial, Softbank (First Time)

August 26 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the twelfth inning, score tied at eight. Bases loaded and one out. Gracial hit a walk-off grand slam to right.

The Softbank Hawks scored two runs in the first on a two-run home run by Yuki Yanagita. Kenta Imamiya pushed home four with a grand slam in the second inning. The Seibu Lions clawed their way back and scored eight runs between the fourth and eighth innings. The Hawks quickly tied the game in the bottom of the eighth on Yanagita’s second two-run home run of the day. In the bottom of the twelfth, the Hawks loaded the bases with one out and Gracial stepped up to the plate. Down 0-2 in the count, Gracial took the third pitch from Tatsushi Masuda over the fence in right for a walk-off grand slam. The Hawks extended their winning streak to nine games, Kenichi Nakata notched his 100th career victory, and Gracial recorded the first walk-off hit of his NPB career.

Source: NPB 9/12/2018

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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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