The Seibu Lions lost to the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Game 5 of the Pacific League Climax Series on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Dome.

The result brought an end to the Lions' season — the Japan Series-bound Hawks won the series 4-2 — and possibly to Yusei Kikuchi's career in Japan.

There are many who expect the Lions' left-handed ace to head to MLB via the posting system this offseason. The Lions said Sunday they would accept if Kikuchi asks to be posted.