The Softbank Hawks beat the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome 7-0 today and took the Final Stage of the Climax Series, 4-2. The Hawks will advance to the Nippon Series for the seventeenth time in franchise history, and first time since 2015. The Hawks are the first Pacific League team to make the Nippon Series after losing the first two games of the Final Stage.
Kimiyasu Kudo was tossed into the air seven times; Seiichi Uchikawa five times. Uchikawa was presented with the Climax Series MVP. He went 7-for-18 with seven RBI and hit home runs in four straight Final Stage games.
[UPDATE 10/22 @ 10:04pm]
The Hawks prepared 3,000 bottles of beer, 480 cans of cola, four barrels of sake, and sixty bottles of sake for their post-game celebration.0 Comments
The Rakuten Eagles beat the Seibu Lions tonight, 5-2, and will advance to the Final Stage of the Climax Series for the first time since 2013.One Comment
The Chiba Lotte Marines announced through their website earlier today that reached an agreement with their new manager, Tadahito Iguchi. The Marines are scheduled hold a press conference for Iguchi at a hotel in Chiba on October 14.
According to media reports, the two sides likely agreed to a three-year contract worth an estimated eighty million yen a year and the uniform number 6.
[UPDATE 10/15 @ 6:00am]
The Marines held a press conference for Iguchi on October 14. He was assigned the uniform number 6.
Source: Lotte 10/14/20170 Comments
Chris Marrero’s (Orix) home run off Kakeru Narita (Lotte) during tonight’s game between the Orix Buffaloes and Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine Stadium was the NPB’s 100,000th home run.0 Comments
The Softbank Hawks beat the Seibu Lions 7-3 and secured first place in the Pacific League for the eighteenth time in franchise history, first since 2015.0 Comments
Shohei Otani started tonight’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at Sapporo Dome and topped out at 163km/h. The pitch came in the second inning against Eigoro Mogi with runners on first and second and one out.0 Comments
Dennis Sarfate entered today’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at ZOZO Marine with runners on first and second and no out in the bottom of the ninth. The runners advanced to second and third on steals before Sarfate struck out the side for his fiftieth save of the year. He is the first player in NPB history to reach fifty saves in one season. The save came in his sixty-first game of the year.0 Comments
Dennis Sarfate recorded his forty-seventh save of the season during tonight’s game against the Orix Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome and set a new NPB single-season record for saves. He entered the game in the bottom of the eleventh and retired the side in order – struck out Hikaru Ito on seven pitches, struck out Ryoichi Adachi on three pitches, and got Shunta to fly out to left on three pitches.
With twenty games left in the Softbank season, Sarfate has a realistic shot at reaching fifty saves.One Comment
Dennis Sarfate notched his forty-sixth save of the year during today’s game against the Rakuten Eagles at YafuOku Dome and tied the NPB’s single-season record for saves. The record was first set by Hitoki Iwase in 2005 and tied by Kyuji Fujikawa in 2007.
Sarfate saved one game in March, nine in April, five in May, seven in June, eleven in July and August, and two so far in September.
Sarfate recorded his forty-sixth save in his fifty-seventh appearance of the year. During that span, he blew just one save opportunity. It took Iwase sixty games and two blown saves in 2005 and Fujikawa seventy-one games and three blown saves in 2007. [Nikkan Sports 9/3/2017]0 Comments