Five professional baseball games were played, and SoftBank, who was tied for second place in both Pacific Leagues, won a head-to-head match with Lotte to stand alone in second place, while Lotte, who lost the match, fell to fourth place after six consecutive losses. Rakuten, who has won three consecutive matches, has moved up to third place in the Climax Series.
Lotte × SoftBank
Lotte vs. SoftBank was won by SoftBank 10-1.
○ Wins: Wada pitchers 7 wins 6 losses
● Losses: Kojima pitchers 8 wins 6 losses ◎ Home runs
: SoftBank Kondo No. 24, Inoue No.
1The second-place teams faced each other in a 2-1 fifth inning, with SoftBank scoring three runs in the fifth inning, including a solo home run by third-year Inoue and a sacrifice fly by Kondo. In the seventh inning, Kawase's two-run double extended the lead to a big win. SoftBank was the sole second-place company since July 1.
Lotte lost six consecutive games and fell to fourth place with a winning percentage of 5%.
Japan Ham × Rakuten
Japan Ham vs Rakuten was won by Rakuten 9-1.
○ Wins: Shota Watanabe 8 wins, 2 losses, 1 save
● Losses: Ito pitchers 7 wins 10
losses ◎ Home runs: Japan ham, Tamiya No.
1Rakuten scored eight runs in the ninth inning on a 1-1 ninth inning, thanks to a timely RBI double by pinch hitter Ginji, and a timely two-base double by Kofukada and a timely bases-loaded double by Daichi Suzuki to clear a runner from base. Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka pitched well, giving up one run in seven innings, and second pitcher Shota Watanabe earned the winning pitch to earn his team-leading eighth win.
Rakuten won three in a row and moved up to third place within the Climax Series advancement zone.
Japan Ham was held to one run until the eighth inning when starting pitcher Ito pitched hard, but it collapsed in the ninth inning and the batting line ended with one run on Tamiya's first professional home run, ending a three-game losing streak.
Orix × Seibu
Orix vs Seibu was won by Orix 4-3.
○ Wins: Abe pitchers 3 wins, 4 losses, 1 save ▽ Saves: Yamaoka pitchers 2 wins, 1 loss, 2 saves
● Losses: Tamura pitchers 1 win, 1 loss, 1 save
◎ Home runs: Orix Mori 18
Trailing by one run in the seventh inning, Orix tied the game on So's timely bases-loaded walk and Mori's solo home run with two outs in the eighth inning. Abe, the fourth pitcher to pitch one inning in the eighth inning, earned his third win and Orix won his seventh straight game.
Seibu couldn't decide on a pitcher's relay in the final game.
DeNA × Giants
DeNA vs. Giants was won by DeNA 1-0.
○ Wins: Onuki pitchers 4 wins and 4 losses ▽ Saves: Morihara pitchers 2 wins, 1 loss, 17 saves
● Losses: Mendez pitchers 5 wins and 5 losses
DeNA opened the scoring in the second inning thanks to a timely run by rookie Hayashi. Starting pitcher Onuki pitched seven scoreless innings with three hits and 2 strikeouts, while four relievers saved one run.
The Giants were limited to just four hits, ending their chances of advancing to the climax series on their own.
As a result, Hiroshima's top three finish of the season was confirmed.
Chunichi × Hanshin
Chunichi vs Hanshin was won by Chunichi 2-1.
○ Wins: Umetsu pitchers 1 win
1 loss ▽ Saves: Katsuno pitchers 5 wins, 2 losses, 1 save
● Losses: Murakami pitchers 10 wins 6 losses
◎ Home runs: Hanshin Sato Teruaki 22
Chunichi rallied from a one-run deficit in the second inning with a timely two-run double by Ryukora, and starting pitcher Umezu held the lead to five hits and one run in eight innings centered on a powerful straight to earn the winning pitcher for the first time in three years. Katsuno earned his first professional save in the ninth inning, and the team has won three in a row.
Hanshin scored only one run on a home run, but starting pitcher Murakami threw five innings and gave up two runs to reach the designated innings for the first time in three years, leading the league in ERA in terms of ERA.