Tetsuto Yamada was a little under the weather during the Climax Series. He caught a cold after the team's on-the-field pennant celebration on October 2. Source: Sports Hochi 10/18/2015
Shinnosuke Abe collected eleven hits during the Final Stage of the Climax Series and set a new record for most hits during one stage of a play-off/Climax Series. The previous record of ten was set by Munenori Kawasaki during the Second Stage of the 2005 play-offs. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/18/2015
The offense was 4-for-30 with runners in scoring position during the Final Stage of the Climax Series. They were shut down for twenty-five consecutive innings, between the 7th inning of Game 1 and the 3rd inning of Game 4. They were once shut down for twenty-two consecutive innings between Game 1 and 3 of the Final Stage of the 2010 Climax Series. The postseason record of twenty-six innings was set during the 1958 Nippon Series when Nishitetsu kept Yomiuri off the scoreboard between the 2nd inning of Game 5 and the 8th inning of Game 7. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2015
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After losing the first game of the series, the Yakult Swallows blanked the Yomiuri Giants twice in a row and capped things off with a 3-2 win tonight to take the Final Stage of the 2015 Climax Series. For the Swallows, it will be their seventh Nippon Series appearance, first since 2001.
Mitsuru Manaka was tossed into the air seven times. A few other players, including Tony Barnette three times, Logan Ondrusek three times and Orlando Roman three times, were also tossed into the air.
Shingo Kawabata was named the Central League Climax Series MVP.
Manaka is the seventeenth manager in NPB history (eighth in Central League history) to guide a team to the Nippon Series in his first year. He is the first rookie manager to make it to the Nippon Series through the play-offs/Climax Series in Central League history. Softbank's manager, Kimiyasu Kudo, is also a rookie manager. It was be the fourth time in NPB history two rookie managers face each other in the Nippon Series. The other three times: Masaaki Mori (Seibu) and Junro Anan (Hiroshima) in 1986, Tatsunori Hara (Yomiuri) and Haruki Ihara (Seibu) in 2002, and Tsutomu Ito (Seibu) and Hiromitsu Ochiai (Chunichi) in 2004. Source: Sponichi 10/18/2015, Sanspo 10/18/2015
Yasuhiro Ogawa made it through eight innings on October 15. He is the first Yakult pitcher to pitch eight innings in a Climax Series game. The previous record of seven was set by Masanori Ishikawa in 2011 (Final Stage, Game 2). Source: Sanspo 10/16/2015 ... Through October 15, the Yakult starting rotation was 5-8 in sixteen Climax Series games. Six failed to make it through 5.0 inning; four lasted 5.0 to 5.2 innings; four between 6.0 and 6.2 innings; one between 7.0 and 7.2 innings; and one 8.0 or more innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2015
Wladimir Balentien was so caught up in his thoughts after Game 1 of the Final Stage that he forgot his wife and daughter were waiting for him at the clubhouse and went home by himself on a cab after the game. Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2015 .. Balentien weighed 114 kilograms when he arrived in Japan in September. He managed to shed around six kilograms in about month after his return. Source: Sponichi 10/16/2015
Shinnosuke Abe recorded modashos in Games 1 (four hits) and 2 (three hits) of the Final Stage. He became the seventh player in NPB history to record modashos in consecutive play-off or Climax Series games. He joined Yohei Oshima (2013) as the only players to record seven hits in two Climax Series games. Abe now has three Climax Series modashos to his name (2011 First Stage, Game 2). Source: Nikkan Sports 10/16/2015
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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)