Tag Archive: Sky Perfect Sayonara Award

[10/16/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for September/October

Central League

Tsuyoshi Ueda, Yakult (First Time)

September 4 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 11th inning, score tied at nine. Ueda hit a walk-off home run to right-center.

The Swallows gave up a 3-0 lead in the first inning and allowed three more runs in the second. They pushed back with a run in the second and two runs in the fourth, but the Chunichi Dragons answered back and held a six-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth. The Swallows scratched back and tied the game at nine with the help of a pinch-hit two-run home run by Shinichi Takeuchi. The score remain tied at nine until the bottom of the 11th. With runners on first and second and two out, Ueda blasted a three-run home run to right-center.

This was the second walk-off home run of Ueda’s career. He hit his first walk-off home run on June 22, 2014.

Pacific League

Hiroyuki Nakajima, Seibu (First Time)

September 1 vs Seibu at Kyocera Dome Osaka. Bottom of the ninth inning, down 8-7. Nakajima blasted the first walk-off home run of his career.

The Seibu Lions put up five runs in the third and had a seven run lead after four full innings. The Buffaloes chipped away at the lead with two runs in the fifth, seventh, and eighth innings. Stefen Romero led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to left. Masataka Yoshida followed with a double to left-center. With runners on second and third, Nakajima smashed a three-run home run to left.

Nakajima recorded the seventh walk-off hit (first since August 12, 2018) and first walk-off home run of his career.

Source: NPB 10/16/2018

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[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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[8/17/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for July

Central League

Ko Shimozuru, Hiroshima (First Time)

July 20 vs Yomiuri at Mazda Stadium. Bottom of the 10th, down 9-8. Runner on first and two out. Shimozuru hit a two-run, walk-off home run.

The Carp scored seven runs on five hits, including two home runs, during the first two innings of the game. The Giants cut the lead to just one run with three runs in the fourth and three runs in the sixth. Hiroshima tacked on another run in the sixth. Yomiuri immediately came back and tied the score at eight with two runs in the seventh. In the top of the tenth, Kazuma Okamoto put the Giants out in front, 9-8, with a lead-off solo home run. Ryosuke Kikuchi reached base on a one-out walk in the bottom of the tenth. One out later, Shimozuru ended the game with a walk-off two-run home run to right.

Pacific League

Ayatsugu Yamashita, Rakuten (First Time)

July 24 vs Nippon Ham at Rakuten Seimei. Bottom of the 11th inning, scored tied at eight. Runner on first and one out. Yamashita recorded a walk-off home run.

The Eagles allowed the Fighters to score first with a run in the top of the second. They scored two in the bottom-half of the inning, then allowed Nippon Ham to reclaim the lead with a four-run third. The Fighters kept their lead until the Eagles tied the game at seven in the bottom of the eighth. Both teams scored a run in the tenth. In the bottom of the eleventh, Carlos Peguero reached on a walk and Yamashita ended the game with a walk-off two-run homer to right.

Source: NPB 8/17/2018

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[7/17/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for June

Central League

Tetsuto Yamada, Yakult (First Time)

June 28 vs Chunichi at Jingu Stadium. Bottom of the 9th, score tied at six. Runners on first and second and one out. Yamada blasted a three-run walk-off home run.

The Dragons broke a two-two tie with three runs in the eighth inning. Wladimir Balentien answered back with a two-run homer for the Swallows in the bottom of the eighth, but another run in the ninth put the Dragons ahead 6-4. The Swallows pushed two across the plate before Yamada ended the game on a one-out, three-run home run to left. Yamada picked up the first walk-off hit of his career.

Pacific League

Seiji Uebayashi, Softbank (First Time)

June 29 vs Lotte at YafuOku Dome. Bottom of the 9th, Hawks down 5-4. Runners on first and third and two out. Uebayashi cleared the bases with a walk-off triple.

The Marines held a 5-2 lead after the top of the eighth. Uebayashi hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. The Hawks kept the Marines off the board in the top of the ninth. Yuya Hasegawa hit an RBI single to right in the bottom of the ninth. Uebayashi swung at the first pitch he saw and hit a two-out, walk-off two-run triple to left-center. The walk-off hit was the first of his career.

Source: NPB 7/17/2018

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[6/14/2018] Sky Perfect Sayonara Award for May

Central League

Koki Yamashita, Yokohama (First Time)

May 31 vs Rakuten at Yokohama Stadium. Bottom of the 12th, score tied at three. Runner on second and two out. Yamashita recorded a walk-off hit to right.

Carlos Peguero hit a home run in the fourth to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. The Bay Stars came back with a two-run shot by Toshiro Miyazaki in the sixth. Yokohama fell behind again, but managed to tie the score on a game-tying, two-out home run by Yoshitomo Tsutsugo in the ninth. The Bay Stars won the game in the tenth after Masayuki Kuwahara hit a two-out double and Yamashita followed with the first walk-off of his career.

Pacific League

Ikuhiro Kiyota, Lotte (First Time)

May 24 vs Nippon Ham at ZOZO Marine Stadium. Bottom of the 12th, score tied at six. Runners on first and third, two out. Kiyota recorded a walk-off hit to left.

The Fighters held a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning. Matt Dominguez sent the game into extra-innings with a game-tying, pinch-hit, two-run home run. Lotte allowed Nippon Ham to regain the lead by surrendering a run in the eleventh. Dominguez came through with another game-tying hit: a two-out double with a runner on second. With the game tied at six in the bottom of the twelfth, Kiyota stepped up to the plate with runners on first and second and two out. He recorded the third walk-off hit of his career.

Source: NPB 6/14/2018

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[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 at 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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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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