Tag Archive: Sky Perfect Sayonara Award

[5/15/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for March/April

Central League

Ko Shimozuru, Yokohama (First Time)

April 19 vs Yakult at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 12th, score tied at four. Runner on second and two out. Shimozuru recorded a walk-off hit to right.

The Carp were down four runs after five innings. They pushed three runs across the plate in the sixth on a two-run single to right by Ryuhei Matsuyama and an RBI single to center by Xavier Batista. Ryosuke Kikuchi tied the game with a two-out RBI triple to right-center. In the bottom of the twelfth, Tomohiro Abe recorded a two-out double to left. Shimozuru followed with the first walk-off hit of his career.

Pacific League

Tomoya Mori, Seibu (Second Time)

April 18 vs Nippon Ham vs MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, Lions down 8-7. Bases loaded, no out. Mori hit a walk-off two-run double to right-center.

The Lions were down five runs before they gave up another three spot in the top of the eighth. They charged back in the bottom-half of the inning by plating seven runs on five hits and three walks. Seibu quickly loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth on two hits and a walk. Mori stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded with the second walk-off of his career.

Source: NPB 5/15/2018

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[11/29/2017] 2017 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award

The NPB announced that Yokohama’s Toshiro Miyazaki and Seibu’s Takumi Kuriyama were winners of the 2017 Sky Perfect Dramatic Sayonara of the Year Award.

Central League

Toshiro Miyazaki, Yokohama

August 22 vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, none on, and no out. Miyazaki recorded a walk-off home run to left-center.

The Bay Stars scored first, but then allowed five unanswered runs to score through the next six innings. Hiroki Minei hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The fireworks started early in the ninth: after the lead-off batter reached on a single, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a two-run home run, followed by a solo home run by Jose Lopez to tie the game at five. Miyazaki capped off the explosive ninth with a walk-off home run to left-center. For Miyazaki, it was the first walk-off hit of hi career. The three consecutive home runs to end the game was a first in NPB history.

Pacific League

Takumi Kuriyama, Seibu

August 17 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, runners on first and second, and two out. Kuriyama entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit a walk-off home run.

Seibu’s Yusei Kikuchi and Rakuten’s Tomohiro Anraku and were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Kikuchi held the Rakuten offense to two hits over nine innings. Anraku tossed seven shutout innings before he was relieved in the eighth. Yuhei Takanashi kept Seibu off the board in the eighth. Frank Herrmann took the mound in the ninth for Rakuten and retired the first two batters he faced. He then put runners on first and second with a double and a hit by a pitch. Kuriyama stepped up to the plate in place of Fumikazu Kimura and hit a walk-off three-run home run. The walk-off homer was the seventh of Kuriyama’s career and the first as a pinch-hitter.

Source: NPB 11/29/2017

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[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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[9/8/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for August

Central League

Toshiro Miyazaki, Yokohama (First Time)

August 22 vs Hiroshima at Yokohama Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, none on, and no out. Miyazaki recorded a walk-off home run to left-center.

The Bay Stars scored first, but then allowed five unanswered runs to score through the next six innings. Hiroki Minei hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The fireworks started early in the ninth: after the lead-off batter reached on a single, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a two-run home run, followed by a solo home run by Jose Lopez to tie the game at five. Miyazaki capped off the explosive ninth with a walk-off home run to left-center. For Miyazaki, it was the first walk-off hit of hi career. The three consecutive home runs to end the game was a first in NPB history.

Pacific League

Takumi Kuriyama, Seibu (First Time)

August 17 vs Rakuten at MetLife Dome. Bottom of the ninth, runners on first and second, and two out. Kuriyama entered the game as a pinch-hitter and hit a walk-off home run.

Seibu’s Yusei Kikuchi and Rakuten’s Tomohiro Anraku and were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Kikuchi held the Rakuten offense to two hits over nine innings. Anraku tossed seven shutout innings before he was relieved in the eighth. Yuhei Takanashi kept Seibu off the board in the eighth. Frank Herrmann took the mound in the ninth for Rakuten and retired the first two batters he faced. He then put runners on first and second with a double and a hit by a pitch. Kuriyama stepped up to the plate in place of Fumikazu Kimura and hit a walk-off three-run home run. The walk-off homer was the seventh of Kuriyama’s career and the first as a pinch-hitter.

Source: NPB 9/8/2017

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[8/9/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for July

Central League

Shoitsu Omatsu, Yomiuri (First Time)

July 26 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 10th inning and the score tied at ten. With no runners on and one out, Omatsu hit a walk-off home run to right-center.

The Swallows’ pitching staff allowed ten runs over the first six innings of the game. The Swallows’ offense sputtered and managed just four hits over the same number of innings. But Yuhei Nakamura two-run home run in the seventh. The offense capped of an eight-run eighth with a two-run blast from Wladimir Balentien. The score remained knotted at ten until the bottom of the tenth, when Omatsu stepped into the box as a pinch-hitter and knocked the first pitch he saw over the wall in right-center. It was his second walk-off home run of the season.

Pacific League

Japhet Amador, Rakuten (First Time)

July 23 vs Orix at Kobo Park Miyagi. Score tied at two in the bottom of the ninth. Amador leads off the inning and hits a walk-off home run to right-center.

The Buffaloes took a two-run lead in the fourth inning. The Eagles were held to just three hits over seven. Hiroaki Shimauchi tied the game with a two-run blast in the eighth. Yuya Kubo retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Amador led off the bottom-half of the inning and drilled a 1-2 pitch over the wall in right-center. It was the first walk-off hit of Amador’s NPB career.

Source: NPB 8/9/2017

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[7/12/2017] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for June

Central League

Yoshiyuki Kamei, Yomiuri (First Time)

June 18 vs Chiba at Tokyo Dome. Bottom of the 12th inning and the Giants down 5-4. Runners on first and second and one out. Kamei hits a come-from-behind, walk-off three-run home run to give the Giants a 7-5 victory.

The Giants took an early lead with a home run by Shinnosuke Abe in the second inning. They added another run in the third and took a 3-0 lead in the fourth with Abe’s second home run of the game. Lotte scored a run in the fifth and tied the game at three in the eighth. Kamei stepped into the batter’s box after a intentional walks to Casey McGehee in the eighth and tenth innings, but fouled out and struck out, respectively. He once against stepped into the batter’s box after an intentional walk to McGehee in the twelfth inning and this time took advantage of the situation.

Pacific League

Shuhei Fukuda, Softbank (First Time)

June 25 vs Seibu at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the ninth with a runner on first and two out. Hawks trail the Lions 6-5.  Fukuda hits a walk-off two-run home run to give Softbank a 7-6 win.

The Hawks scored a run in the first inning. The Lions tied the score at one in the third and took a four-run lead in the fourth. The Hawks chipped away at the lead with a two-run home run by Yuya Hasegawa in the sixth and a timely hit by Tomoki Takata in the seventh. But the Lions tacked on another run in the eighth. The Hawks closed to within a run in the bottom-half of the inning. Yuki Yanagita recorded a one-out infield hit in the ninth. One out later, Fukuda recorded the first walk-off of his career: a come-from-behind, two-out, two-run home run.

Source: NPB 7/12/2017

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[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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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
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
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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