The Softbank Hawks swept the Final Stage of the Climax Series with a 3-1 win over the Chiba Lotte Marines tonight at YafuOku Dome. This was the third time Softbank made it through the Climax Series to the Nippon Series.
Kimiyasu Kudo was tossed into the air nine times, team owner Masayoshi Son five times, Seiichi Uchikawa five times, and Nobuhiro Matsuda five times.
The Hawks are the fifth team to finish the Final Stage without losing a game (not including the advantage win/loss) since 2008: 2011 Softbank, 2012 Nippon Ham, 2013 Yomiuri, 2014 Hanshin, 2015 Softbank. Kudo is the sixteenth rookie manager to make it to the Nippon Series, first since Hideki Kuriyama in 2012. Kudo and Kuriyama (2012 Nippon Ham) are the only rookie managers to guide their teams to undefeated Final Stages. (Nikkan Sports 10/17/2015, Sponichi 10/17/2015)
The Pacific League Climax Series MVP went to Seiichi Uchikawa.
The Hawks went through 3,000 bottles of beer, sixty bottles of sakes, four barrels of sake, and 480 bottles of cola in about twenty minutes. (Sanspo 10/17/2015)
Nippon Series 2015 Schedule
|10/27||Tue||3||Central League Home Stadium|
|10/28||Wed||4||Central League Home Stadium|
|10/29||Thur||5||Central League Home Stadium|