The Japanese professional baseball Softbank Hawks’ third place position is also in jeopardy. One game behind 4th place. If you are not careful, you are in danger of not being able to advance to the Climax Series (CS), which is awarded up to third place.
Softbank lost 1-6 in the game against Orix Buffaloes held at the PAYPAY Dome in Fukuoka, Japan on the 23rd.카지노사이트
They took the lead with Imamiya’s solo home run in the first inning, but with the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning, Wakatsuki hit a timely hit with two RBIs, allowing a comeback. In the 4th inning, with bases loaded and 1 out, T-Okada’s sacrifice fly and Kurebayashi’s 2-RBI double increased the score to 1-5.
Softbank failed to score a single point after the first inning home run. Orix starter Tajima pitched well, allowing 6 hits, 8 strikeouts, and 1 run in 8 innings.
With this day’s loss, Softbank’s record was 65 wins, 2 draws, and 66 losses, and it is one game ahead of 4th place Rakuten (64 wins, 1 draw, and 67 losses). They are chasing second place Chiba Lotte (63 wins, 5 draws, 62 losses) by one game, but are being chased by Rakuten.
Softbank, which handed over the Pacific League throne to Orix for the past two years, made a large investment last winter. Japanese media outlet Full Count said, “Softbank invested 8 billion yen (approximately 72 billion won, estimated value) last off-season to strengthen its strength and raised expectations for this season.” Kensuke Kondo, a former member of the Japanese national team, has qualified as a free agent
. They signed him with a huge 7-year contract worth 5 billion yen. Roberto Osuna, who was Chiba Lotte’s closing pitcher, was signed for 650 million yen for 1 year. Pitcher Kohei Arihara, who returned after playing in the United States for 2 years, signed a 3-year contract worth 1.5 billion yen. The starting lineup was strengthened.
Kondo is recording career highs in home runs (23) and RBI (82). He is first in the league in RBIs and fourth in home runs, two behind first. His batting average (.297) is 3rd in the league. I’m doing my part.
Osuna joined Chiba Lotte in June of last year and recorded 4 wins, 1 loss, 9 holds, 10 saves, and an ERA of 0.91 in 29 games. In the off-season, SoftBank offered a large sum of money to recruit him. He is playing very well this season with 3 wins, 2 losses, 11 holds, 23 saves, and an ERA of 1.00 in 45 games.
Arihara had a late start to the season as he made his return in June, but he is serving as a pillar of the starting rotation, recording 9 wins, 4 losses, and an ERA of 2.44 in 15 games.
Players who receive large sums of money are doing their part, but Softbank is worried about being eliminated from CS, let alone competing for the championship.
Softbank was leading the league in early July with a winning percentage of +15. The nightmare was a 12-game losing streak from July 7th to 24th. The 12 consecutive losses in 12 games was the club’s first dishonorable record, and in 1969, they recorded 15 consecutive losses, with one draw in between. After suffering 12 consecutive losses, even the .500 winning percentage has fluctuated and is not recovering.