On November 1, 2018 — 2018 – The Softbank Hawks take a 3 game to 1 lead in the 2018 Japan Series with their 12th straight Japan Series win at home. It is not an easy one, as they battle back from three deficits to beat the Hiroshima Carp, 5 – 4. Kenji Akashi, who had one home run in the regular season, takes Geronimo Franzua deep in the 7th to tie it at 4, then star Yuki Yanagita homers off All-Star closer Shota Nakazaki in the 10th for a sayonara home run.
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