Manager Kimiyasu Kudo and his four-time defending champion SoftBank Hawks appear to be going in a death spiral. The Hawks entered Saturday’s game with the first-place Orix Buffaloes having lost seven straight for the first time in nine years. The Hawks went up against Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who tied a franchise record.Continue reading NPB wrap 10-9-21
The second-place Hanshin Tigers, playing in their 129th game, achieved something they hadn’t done since they won their lone Japan Series title in 1985, but it wasn’t enough to secure a sixth straight victory in their loss to the last-place DeNA BayStars.
While that was happening, the Central League-leading Yakult Swallows were no-hit at home through 8-1/3 innings by the third-place Yomiuri Giants, and Seiya Suzuki returned to the Hiroshima Carp lineup with wham and a bam in Nagoya.Continue reading NPB wrap 10-7-21