2018 Nippon Series Schedule and Results – Softbank wins Nippon Series

Nippon Series

Best of Seven
Softbank wins series, 4-1-1.

Date Time Gm Venue Away Score Home Attendance Time
10/27 Sat 18:30 1 Mazda Stadium Softbank
SP: Senga
2-2 Hiroshima
SP: Osera
30,727 4h38m
10/28 Sun 18:30 2 Mazda Stadium Softbank
SP: van den Hurk
LP: van den Hurk
1-5 Hiroshima
SP: Johnson
WP: Johnson
30,724 2h55m
10/29 Mon Travel Day          
10/30 Tue 18:30 3 YafuOku Dome Hiroshima
SP: Kuri
LP: Kuri
8-9 Softbank
SP: Miranda
WP: Miranda
Sv: Mori
35,746 3h57m
10/31 Wed 18:30 4 YafuOku Dome Hiroshima
SP: Nomura
LP: Nomura
1-4 Softbank
SP: Higashihama
WP: Higashihama
Sv: Mori
35,796 3h21m
11/01 Thu 18:30 5 YafuOku Dome Hiroshima
SP: Osera
LP: Nakazaki
4-5 Softbank
SP: Senga
WP: Kajiya
35,917 4h25
11/02 Fri Travel Day          
11/03 Sat 18:30 6 Mazda Stadium Softbank
SP: van den Hurk
WP: van den Hurk
Sv: Mori
2-0 Hiroshima
SP: Johnson
LP: Johnson
30,723 3h14m
11/04 Sun 18:30 7 Mazda Stadium Softbank   Hiroshima    

Ceremonial First Pitches

  • Game 1: Karin Miyawaki (Fencing)
  • Game 2: Hiraku Misawa (Para Alpine Skiing)
  • Game 3: Softbank Hawks Junior Team Captain
  • Game 4: Dai Ozawa (Rugby)
  • Game 5: Satomi Suzuki (Swimming)
  • Game 6: Koji Kikkawa (Musician)
  • Game 7: Miki Saiki (Golf)

TV Broadcast Guest Commentators

  • Game 1: Daisuke Matsuzaka

TV Ratings

  • Game 1: Kansai Region: 18.4%, Kanto Region: 12.8%
  • Game 2: Kansai Region: 14.3%, Kanto Region: 9.8%
  • Game 3: Kanto Region: 10.1%
  • Game 6: Kansai Region: 17.6%, Kyushu Region: 40.7% (21.3% & 40.7%), Hiroshima Region: 24.0% & 43.2%, Kanto Region: 13.3% (7.9% & 13.3%)

Source: Daily Sports 10/29/2018, Daily Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018, Daily Sports 11/5/2018


  • Game 6: Takuya Kai set a new Nippon Series record by throwing out six consecutive base-runners (four times through the first four games and twice in Game 6). He became the first catcher in Pacific League history to be name sole winner of the series MVP. His .143 batting average is lowest among Nippon Series MVPs. He also has the fewest hits (two) and RBI (zero) among Nippon Series MVPs … The Hiroshima Carp set a new Nippon Series record by failing on eight stolen base attempts. The previous record of seven: Nishitetsu in 1954, Nankai in 1964, Hankyu in 1975. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/3/2018, Daily Sports 11/3/2018, Sponichi 11/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/4/2018
  • Game 5: Yuki Yanagita blasted a walk-off home run and became the sixteenth player in Nippon Series history (accomplished seventeen times) to achieve the feat, first since Haruki Nishikawa in 2016 (Game 5). He joined Kent Hadley (1964 Game 4 and 1966 Game 5) and Akira Nakamura (2014 Game 4) as the only players in franchise history to achieve the feat. Source: Sponichi 11/2/2018, Nikkan Sports 11/2/2018
  • Alfredo Despaigne was not available for Game 5 due to pain in his left knee. Source: Nikkan Sports 11/1/2018, Sports Hochi 11/1/2018, Daily Sports 11/1/2018
  • Game 4: The Hawks set a new Nippon Series record by extending their winning streak at home to eleven. … The Hawks are now 50-51-2 during Nippon Series play. They joined the Yomiuri Giants (109 wins) and Seibu Lions (68 wins) as the only teams in NPB history to record fifty or more Nippon Series wins. … Takuya Kai joined Jun Hirota (1952) and Shigeru Fujio (1958) as the only catchers in Nippon Series history to throw out four consecutive base-runners. Kai and Hirota are the only two to achieve the feat with zero allowed stolen bases. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sporrts 11/1/2018, Sponichi 11/1/2018
  • Shuta Ishikawa (Softbank) was unavailable for Game 3 and could end up missing the rest of the series with discomfort in his right elbow. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Sponichi 10/31/2018
  • Game 3: Tomohiro Abe (Hiroshima) and Seiya Suzuki (Hiroshima) each hit two home runs during the game. They are the first teammates in NPB history to hit two home runs in one Nippon Series game. … Abe’s second home run was a grand slam in the eighth inning. It was the twentieth grand slam in Nippon Series history, first since Brandon Laird hit one in Game 6, 2016. Abe is the first hitter in Nippon Series history to hit a grand slam out of the nine spot in the line-up and just the second to hit two home runs. … Yoshihiro Maru tied a Nippon Series record (sixth player) by striking out four times in one game. … The two teams combined for twenty-eight hits and six home runs. … The Softbank Hawks won their tenth straight Nippon Series game at YafuOku Dome and tied a series record (the Yomiuri Giants also recorded a ten-game winning streak between Game 1 of the 1970 Nippon Series and Game 5 of the 1973 Nippon Series). The streak began when they won Game 7 of the Nippon Series in 2011. … Central League teams have dropped their last thirteen straight Nippon Series games at Pacific League stadiums. The last time they recorded a game: Yomiuri against Rakuten, Game 6 in 2013. Source: Daily Sports 10/30/2018, Daily Sports 10/30/2018, Daily Sports 10/30/2018, Daily Sports 10/30/2018, Sponichi 10/30/2018, Sponichi 10/30/2018, Sponichi 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/30/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 10/31/2018, Sanspo 10/31/2018, Sanspo 10/31/2018, Sanspo 10/31/2018
  • Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank) was not available for Game 2 because of pain in his left hamstring. He took a pitch off the hamstring during the eleventh inning of Game 1. Source: Sports Hochi 10/29/2018
  • Game 1: Tie games during a Nippon Series – It was the first tie game since Lotte-Chunichi ended in a 2-2 after fifteen innings on November 6, 2010. It was the first Game 1 tie game since Seibu-Hiroshima ended in a 2-2 tie after fourteen innings in 1986. Source: Sponichi 10/28/2018


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