[9/26/2018] Hiroshima Carp clinch third consecutive Central League pennant

The Hiroshima Carp blanked the Yakult Swallows tonight at Mazda Stadium 10-0 and picked up their third consecutive, ninth overall (1975, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1991, 2016, 2017, 2018), Central League pennant. The Carp clinched at home for the first time since 1991.

Some notes:

  • The Carp joined the Yomiuri Giants as the only Central League teams to win three consecutive pennants in a row.
  • Shota Nakazaki was on the mound when the Carp clinched in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Nakazaki is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Kazumi Takahashi (1971-1973).
  • Koichi Ogata was tossed into the air nine times.
  • Takahiro Arai was tossed into the air six times.
  • Among some of the merchandise: cookies and a t-shirt.
  • Celebrations took place in an indoor parking lot at Mazda Stadium. Players and staff celebrated with 6,000 bottles of beer and two barrels of sake. Staff had to prepare and take apart the celebration area when the Carp dropped two straight games after their magic number dropped to one.
  • The Carp will now set their sights on capturing their fourth Nippon Series championship, first since 1984.

Source: Sanspo 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Sponichi 9/26/2018, Tokyo Sports 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018, Sports Hochi 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018, Daily Sports 9/26/2018

Notes from 9/27 @ 1:29pm:

  • Ogata joined Shigeru Mizuhara (1950-1953: 3, 1, 1, 1), Toshiharu Ueda (1974-1977: 2, 1, 1, 1), Motoshi Fujita (1981-1983, 1989: 1, 2, 1, 1), and Masaaki Mori (1986-1989: 1, 1, 1, 3) as the only people in NPB history to record three pennants within the first four years of their managerial careers.
  • TV ratings for the Hiroshima region: 54.0%. Peak: 68.8%.
  • Economic impact for Hiroshima Prefecture from three consecutive pennants: 45.9 billion yen. If Nippon Series: 46.5 billion yen.

Source: Sanspo 9/27/2018, Sponichi 9/27/2018, Nikkan Sports 9/27/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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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
G W L T
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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