[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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NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 115 69 42 4
Hanshin 111 61 49 1
Yokohama 111 56 51 4
Yomiuri 112 55 56 1
Chunichi 114 47 62 5
Yakult 113 39 72 2
Softbank 113 76 37 0
Rakuten 105 64 40 1
Seibu 111 64 45 2
Orix 109 49 59 1
Nippon Ham 109 40 69 0
Lotte 109 35 73 1
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