The end of the NPB season in 2019 looks a lot like it did last year... and in 2017, 2015 and 2014 too.

They all finished with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks at the top of Japanese baseball.

Yurisbel Gracial hit a three-run home run, veteran pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was in near-vintage form for five innings and the Hawks beat the Yomiuri Giants 4-3 in Game 4 of the Japan Series to secure their third straight title with a four-game sweep.