Tag Archive: Sky Perfect Sayonara Award

[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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[5/10/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for March/April

Central League

Atsushi Ugumori, Yakult (First Time)

April 2 vs Yokohama at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 10th with the bases loaded, one out, and the score tied at four. Ugumori drilled a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam to left. The Swallows were down a run when Tetsuto Yamada blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the third. The lead lasted until Yokohama plated a run in the fifth to tie the game at four. Ugumori recorded the first walk-off hit of his career. He also became just the tenth player in CL history (sixteenth in NPB history to record a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam.

Pacific League

Ryo Hijirisawa, Rakuten (First Time)

April 16 vs Nippon Ham at Kobo Park Miyagi. Bottom of the 10th inning with runners on first and second, one out, and the score tied at three. Hijirisawa hit a pinch-hit, walk-off double to right-center. The Eagles trailed the Fighters by as many as three runs. They started chipping away at the lead in the bottom of the fifth and managed to tied the game in the bottom of the 9th. Hijirisawa notched the fourth walk-off hit of his career, first since 2015.

Source: NPB 5/10/2017

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[12/2/2016] 2016 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award

The NPB announced on December 1 that Hiroshima’s Seiya Suzuki and Softbank’s Yuki Yoshimura were winners of the 2016 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award.

Central League

Seiya Suzuki, Hiroshima

June 18 against Orix at Mazda Stadium. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Runners on first and third and one out. Suzuki hit a walk-off, come-from-behind, three-run home run to left. The Carp held a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, but starter Akitake Okada gave up two runs in the seventh on three hits and a walk. Reliever Takeru Imamura allowed another run to score in the top of the ninth to give Orix a 3-1. This was Suzuki’s second walk-off home run in as many days. He became the tenth player in NPB history to record walk-off home runs in consecutive games.

Pacific League

Yuki Yoshimura, Softbank

April 17 vs Rakuten at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 12th inning with the score tied at seven and a runner on first and no out. Yoshimura blasted a walk-off two-run home run to left-center. He also hit a three-run home run to tie the game in the 9th.

Source: NPB announcement

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[10/7/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for September

Central League

Garrett Jones, Yomiuri (First Time)

September 22 against Chunichi at Tokyo Dome. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning. With a runner on first and two out, Jones hit a walk-off two-run home run to center. He gave the Giants a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a single to left. The Dragons tied the game in the fifth and took the lead in the sixth. Jones is the first foreign Yomiuri player to hit a come-from-behind walk-off home run since Seung-Yeop Lee in 2006.

Pacific League

Kei Hosoya, Lotte (First Time)

September 24 against Orix at QVC Marine. Scored tied at three in the bottom of the tenth inning. With the bases loaded and no out, Hosoya hit a walk-off single to left. The Marines took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. The Buffaloes tied the game in the fifth and then took a two-run lead in the sixth. Lotte’s Shogo Nakamura tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run home run. The walk-off victory allowed Lotte to clinch third. The walk-off hit was the first of Hosoya’s career.

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[9/14/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for August

Central League

Ryota Wakiya, Yomiuri (First Time)

August 23 against Hiroshima at Tokyo Dome. No score, bottom of the tenth inning. With no one on and no out, Wakiya hit a walk-off solo home run to right. It was the first walk-off home run of his career.

Pacific League

Tomoya Mori, Seibu (First Time)

August 31 against Softbank at Seibu Prince Dome. Down 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning. With runners on first and second and two out, Mori hit a walk-off two-run double to left-center. It was the first walk-off of his career.

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[8/9/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for July

Central League

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Yokohama (First Time)

July 22 against Yomiuri at Yokohama Stadium. Score tied at two in the bottom of the twelfth inning. With none on and one out, Tsutsugo hit a walk-off home run to right. Kenta Ishida started the game and held the Yomiuri Giants to one run over seven innings. The game was tied at two in the eighth inning and went into extra innings. The home run Tsutsugo hit was on the sixth pitch of the at bat with a full count. It was his second home run of the game.

Pacific League

Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (Third Time)

July 10 against Lotte at Sapporo Dome. Score tied at five in the bottom of the twelfth inning. With no one and no out, Laird hit a walk-off to left. The Fighters were down 5-0 until they scored four in the bottom of the seventh. They pushed the game into extra innings with another run in the bottom of the ninth. Laird led off the bottom of the twelfth and hit the fifth pitch he saw over the fence in the left. The Fighters extended their winning streak to fourteen games with the walk-off victory.

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[7/8/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for June

Central League

Seiya Suzuki, Hiroshima (First Time)

June 18 against Orix at Mazda Stadium. Down 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Runners on first and third and one out. Suzuki hit a walk-off, come-from-behind, three-run home run to left. The Carp held a 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, but starter Akitake Okada gave up two runs in the seventh on three hits and a walk. Reliever Takeru Imamura allowed another run to score in the top of the ninth to give Orix a 3-1. This was Suzuki’s second walk-off home run in as many days. He became the tenth player in NPB history to record walk-off home runs in consecutive games.

Pacific League

Brandon Laird, Nippon Ham (Second Time)

June 10 against Hanshin at Sapporo Dome. Down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning. Runner on first and no out. Laird hit a walk-off, come-from-behind, two-run home run to left. The Fighters were down 2-0 in the top of the fifth, but took a 3-2 lead by scoring runs in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. The Tiger reclaimed the lead with a two-run eighth.

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[6/8/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for May

Central League

Hayato Sakamoto, Yomiuri (Second Time)

May 13 against Yakult at Tokyo Dome. Down 2-1 in the bottom of the twelfth. Runners on first and second and two out. Sakamoto hit a come-from-behind walk-off double to left. Tomoyuki Sugano held on a to 1-0 lead until he allowed the game-tying run to score in the ninth inning. The Swallows then took a 2-1 lead in the twelfth on a fielder’s choice. Yakult was one out away from taking the game when Sakamoto recorded the ninth walk-off of his career, first since August 20, 2015.

Pacific League

Tadahito Iguchi, Lotte (First Time)

May 14 against Rakuten at QVC Marine Field. Tied at twelve in the bottom of the tenth inning. Runners on second and third and two out. Iguchi hit a walk-off single to left. The Marines took an early lead with a four run first inning, but quickly gave it away in the top of the second. The Eagles added two in the top of the third to take a 6-4 lead. They kept the lead and added six more runs. Lotte kept things close with runs of their own and managed to tie the game at twelve with a three run sixth. Iguchi recorded the eleventh walk-off of his career. At forty-one years of age, he also became the oldest player in franchise history to record a walk-off.

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[5/11/2016] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for March/April

Central League

Shota Sugiyama, Chunichi (First Time)

April 16 vs Hanshin at Nagoya Dome. Bottom of the 9th down 3-2 with the bases loaded and one out. Sugiyama recorded a walk-off double to center. The offense was held scoreless over the first seven innings of the game. They managed to plate two runs in the eighth. He swung at the first pitch he saw and picked up the first walk-off hit of his career.

Pacific League

Yuki Yoshimura, Softbank (First Time)

April 17 vs Rakuten at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 12th inning with the score tied at seven and a runner on first and no out. Yoshimura blasted a walk-off two-run home run to left-center. He also hit a three-run home run to tie the game in the 9th.

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