Chiba Lotte Marines defeated Softbank Hawks and advanced to the final stage.
Chiba Lotte produced a 4-3 comeback drama after a fierce overtime battle against Softbank Hawks in the third game of the Pacific League Climax Series First Stage held at ZOZO Marine Stadium in Chiba, Japan on the 16th. As a result, Chiba Lotte will clash with Orix Buffaloes for the Pacific League championship starting on the 18th.
On this day, a tight pitching battle took place. The balance of 0 was not broken until the 9th inning. The first move belonged to Softbank. After two outs in the 10th overtime inning, Ukyo Shuto, Hikaru Kawase, and Yuki Yanagita hit consecutive timely hits, earning the first three points.
However, Chiba Lotte produced an unscripted drama when attacking in the bottom of the 10th overtime. Back-to-back hits by Katsuya Kakunaka and Takashi Ogino gave them a chance to reach first and second base with no outs. Yudai Fujioka hit a three-run home run in the middle of the right field to bring the game back to square one.
Afterwards, Kyota Fujiwara and Polanco retired with outfield fly balls. With two outs, Hiromi Oka’s hit to left followed by Hisanori Yasuda’s walk-off double ended the bloody battle. It has been two years since Chiba Lotte advanced to the final stage. 먹튀검증