Yakult, the leader of the Central League, and DeNA, the second place, faced off with a game difference of "4" in professional baseball. In the three-game series, Yakult No. 4 Munetaka Murakami scored 9 hits and 9 RBIs in 11 at-bats, including 4 home runs. Yakult played an active part and won three consecutive wins, widening the game difference to "7".
In the Central League, Yakult took the lead before the interleague match and has been leading since then, but in August, they suffered seven consecutive losses, while DeNA, which rose to second place in August, won eight consecutive wins. After a series of victories, the maximum game difference of 17.5 was reduced to 4, and from the 26th of this month, the three straight games were held at Yokohama Stadium.
The first game on the 26th was a tense development with neither team scoring until the 5th inning, but Yakult took the lead in the 6th inning with Munetaka Murakami's 150th three-run, and Murakami scored a solo home run in the 7th inning. I hit and pushed DeNA away and won 6 to 3.
In the second game on the 27th, Yakult's Murakami scored 4 RBIs with 5 hits in 5 at bats, including 1 home run, and Yakult won a big 16-4 victory.
Furthermore, in the third round on the 28th, in the 7th inning, which was 4 to 4, Murakami, who had three consecutive at bats, hit a solo home run No. 49 and won 5 to 4, and Yakult won 3 consecutive wins.
In this three-game series, Murakami was very active with 9 hits and 9 RBIs in 11 at-bats, including 4 home runs.
With this, the game difference between Yakult and DeNA has expanded to "7".
Yakult Murakami player “I was able to hit a home run sticky and sticky”
Yakult's Munetaka Murakami commented on the 49th home run that won the game, "I was the first hitter, so I somehow managed to capture the opponent's pitcher, and I stood at bat thinking that it was for the team. I looked back.
He also said, "I'm really focused on batting. I'm only trying to make my own swing, and the four-ball is also a valuable bat for me."
And he said, "I will do my best to win, win, win, and win."
Unstoppable Murakami What is your continuous record?
Murakami has been showing success with 9 hits and 9 RBIs in 11 at-bats, including 4 home runs, in three consecutive games since the 26th.
Of these, he has hit 9 consecutive hits across 5 four balls, including self-reported avoidance.
The professional baseball record is 11 consecutive hits.
He's also been on base in 14 consecutive at-bats, one away from the professional baseball record of 15 consecutive at-bats.
He has hit 49 home runs, one more than the 50th Japanese player since Giant Hideki Matsui hit 50 in 2002.
DeNA Director Miura “The content was good, but it’s frustrating”
DeNA head coach Daisuke Miura said, ``We fought hard to win today, and our players kept their concentration until the very end.
In addition, he looked back on the winning home run of Yakult's No. 4 Munetaka Murakami in the 7th inning, saying, "I was hit as a result of the game with Escobar pitcher, so it's the responsibility of the director."
And looking ahead to the head-to-head confrontation that remains in September, he said, ``I will make the most of today's match to rebuild myself once more and try to keep up with them again.''