Hawks Make it Back to Back

Myworld expected a bit more bite from the Hiroshima Carp. The Hawks won their seven game series against them four games to one, winning their last four games, the last game in Hiroshima 2-0. The Carp could manage just four hits off Hawk pitcher Rick VandenHurk, who went six innings and struck out 10. For the Hawks it is their second straight championship and fourth in their last five years.

The Hawks scored their two runs with the long ball and the bunt. Tetsuro Nishida squeezed a run home in the fourth inning to give the Hawk a 1-0 lead. Yurisbel Gracial, the foreign addition from Cuba made it 2-0 with a long ball in the fifth inning. The Hawks were only able to get three hits themselves.

Kris Johnson started for the Carp, allowing just three hits and the two runs in six innings. The bullpen held the Hawk hitless for the final three innings, but their offense was punchless. The last time the Carp were in the Japan Series was in 2016 when they lost in six to the Nippon Ham Fighters, losing all three of their away games and the game six home game.

Yuito Mori pitched the final inning for the Hawks. He retired all three hitters he faced. Catcher Takuya Kai was voted the MVP, mainly for his defense. He set a Japan Series record by throwing out all six runners who attempted to steal against him. The Carp led the Central League in stolen bases with 95.

Manager Kimiyasu Kudo was given a toss in the air (doage) 15 times. For the first time in his career Yuki Yanigita was also given a doage for the first time in his career.

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