The Hawks didn't win their game against the Nippon Ham Fighters today (the game ended in a 1-1 tie), but they didn't need it in order to become the first team in the NPB to get a magic number this season.
The Hawk's magic number is 17.
The Hawks have 22 games remaining with 5 against the Fighters. If the Hawks lose all 5 games against the Fighters but win the remaining 17, they'll finish 89-46-9 for a .659 winning percentage.
The Fighters have 25 game remaining. Even if they win every game, they'll only finish 91-48-5 for a winning percentage of .654.
The Hawks are also just 4 victories away from clinching a spot in Climax Series.