The Giants also win in Japan

Shinnosuke Abe led the Yomiuri Giants to the Central League pennant and has now led his team to the Japan Series title by banging home the tiebreaking run in Game 6 as the Giants defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

The Giants earned their record 22nd title. Tetsuya Utsumi, the winning pitcher in Games 1 and 5, was named Japan Series MVP while Abe and teammates Hisayoshi Chono and John Bowker were given Outstanding Player awards. Nippon Ham’s Atsunori Inaba was the recipient of the Fighting Spirit award, given to the top player from the losing team.