The Japan Series opened and just when all the breaks were going the Yakult Swallows’ way and they were headed for a 3-1 win in the ninth, they suddenly weren’t.
On a sub-par night from Yoshinobu Yamamoto, the Swallows’ bullpen allowed seven runners while getting just three outs, and the Orix Buffaloes extended the PL’s home series win streak to 20 games, and the PL’s series win streak to 13.
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The Central League’s Yakult Swallows started Saturday with Japan’s lowest magic number, six, to clinch a pennant, while the Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes and Lotte Marines were both on eight.
The other big question is who will win the CL’s final playoff spot. The Hiroshima Carp, magic number 11, were at the Yomiuri Giants, magic number 4, in a big head-to-head clash, with the Giants having lost their previous nine decisions.
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