‘In front of 42,648 spectators’ Hanshin wins in tears for the first time in 18 years… Challenge to win the Japan Series for the first time in 38 years

The Hanshin Tigers took advantage of the Yomiuri Giants and won the Central League championship for the first time in 18 years.

Hanshin won 4-2 in a match against Yomiuri held at Nishinomiya Koshien Stadium in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan on the 14th. With this victory, Hanshin erased the last remaining magic number 1 until the regular season championship and confirmed the Central League championship.스포츠토토

With the championship imminent, the Kansai region, home to Hanshin, was in a festive mood from early on. On this day, Koshien Stadium attracted 42,648 spectators, the largest number for a NPB game this season.

A tense pitching battle continued until the middle of the game, with Hanshin’s Hiroto Saiki and Yomiuri’s Yuji Akahoshi competing as starters. Neither team was able to score a point, but Hanshin finally scored first in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Chance for 1st and 3rd bases with 1 out after the leadoff hitter hits. Fourth hitter Yusuke Oyama’s sacrifice fly resulted in the first RBI, and fifth hitter Teruaki Sato hit a two-run home run. Hanshin took a 3-0 lead.

Yomiuri also counterattacked immediately. In the bottom of the 7th inning, leading hitter Kazuma Okamoto hit a solo home run to make up for the game. Hanshin scored one run again in the bottom of the 7th, but Yomiuri also maintained a 2-run lead in the top of the 8th thanks to Takumi Oshiro’s timely hit.

Hanshin led 4-2 in the top of the 9th inning with a 2-run lead. Yu Iwasaki took the mound and hit leadoff hitter Kazuma with an infield fly, then allowed second hitter Hayato Sakamoto to hit a double that hit the top of the right fence. However, Hanshin’s league championship was confirmed as the game ended without conceding any goals.

It has been 18 years since Hanshin won the Central League championship in 2005. Now the next goal is to win the Japan Series. The first and last time the Hanshin team won the Japan Series was in 1985. 37 years have already passed.

Currently, the most likely opponent is local rival Orix Buffaloes, who are ranked first in the Pacific League. Orix is ​​also close to being confirmed to win the league unless there is an upset. If the two teams meet in the Japan Series, it is expected to be a great spectacle. Hanshin, who won a thrilling championship, will attempt to win the Japan Series for the first time in 38 years.

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