2018 Central League Climax Series
First Stage
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Yomiuri Giants (2) Tatsunori Hara 67–71–5 (.486), 13.5 GB
Tokyo Yakult Swallows (0) Junji Ogawa 75–66–2 (.532), 7 GB
DatesOctober 13–14
Final Stage
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Hiroshima Toyo Carp (4) Koichi Ogata 82–59–2 (.582), 7 GA
Yomiuri Giants (0) Tatsunori Hara 67–71–5 (.486), 13.5 GB
DatesOctober 17–19
MVPRyosuke Kikuchi (Carp)
← 2017 Climax Series
2018 PLCS               2018 Japan Series

The 2018 Central League Climax Series (CLCS) was a post-season playoff consisting of two consecutive series that determined who would represent the Central League in the Japan Series. The First Stage was a best-of-three series and the Final Stage was a best-of-six with the top seed being awarded a one-win advantage. The winner of the series advanced to the 2018 Japan Series, where they competed against the 2018 Pacific League Climax Series winner. The top three regular-season finishers played in the two series. The CLCS began with the first game of the First Stage on October 13.

First Stage

Summary

Yomiuri Giants won the series, 2–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 13 Yomiuri Giants – 4, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 1 Meiji Jingu Stadium 3:06 30,735[1] 
2 October 14 Yomiuri Giants – 4, Tokyo Yakult Swallows – 0 Meiji Jingu Stadium 2:40 30,798[2]

Game 1

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 6:00 pm (JST) at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 6 1
Yakult 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
WP: Koji Uehara (1–0)   LP: Yasuhiro Ogawa (0–1)   Sv: Shun Yamaguchi (1)
Home runs:
YOM: Hayato Sakamoto (1)
YAK: None
Attendance: 30,735

Game 2

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 6:00 pm (JST) at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Shinjuku, Tokyo
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
Yakult 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WP: Tomoyuki Sugano (1–0)   LP: Juri Hara (0–1)
Home runs:
YOM: Hisayoshi Chono (1), Casey McGehee (1), Yoshiyuki Kamei (1)
YAK: None
Attendance: 30,798

Final Stage

Summary

Hiroshima Toyo Carp won the series, 4–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 17 Yomiuri Giants – 1, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 6 Mazda Stadium 3:07 31,311[3] 
2 October 18 Yomiuri Giants – 1, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 4 Mazda Stadium 2:26 31,356[4] 
3 October 19 Yomiuri Giants – 1, Hiroshima Toyo Carp – 5 Mazda Stadium 3:02 31,371[5]

Game 1

Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6:00 pm (JST) at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 0
Hiroshima 1 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 X 6 9 0
WP: Daichi Osera (1–0)   LP: Christopher Mercedes (0–1)
Home runs:
YOM: None
HIR: Seiya Suzuki (1), Yoshihiro Maru (1)
Attendance: 31,311

Game 2

Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6:00 pm (JST) at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 0
Hiroshima 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 X 4 3 1
WP: Kris Johnson (1–0)   LP: Seishu Hatake (0–1)   Sv: Shota Nakazaki (1)
Home runs:
YOM: None
HIR: Ryosuke Kikuchi (1)
Attendance: 31,356

Game 3

Thursday, October 19, 2018, 6:00 pm (JST) at Mazda Zoom-Zoom Stadium Hiroshima in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Yomiuri 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 2
Hiroshima 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 X 5 5 1
WP: Aren Kuri (1–0)   LP: Nobutaka Imamura (0–1)   Sv: Geronimo Franzua (1)
Home runs:
YOM: None
HIR: Yoshihiro Maru (2)
Attendance: 31,371

References

  1. ^ "Saturday, October 13, 2018". Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sunday, October 14, 2018". Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Wednesday, October 17, 2018". Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Thursday, October 18, 2018". Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Friday, October 19, 2018". Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved October 20, 2018.