As NPB teams continue to adjust to the rhythm of a strange season, the top two squads in each league flexed their muscles a little bit last week.

In the Pacific League, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles welcomed the surging Chiba Lotte Marines, riding an eight-game win streak, to Sendai with a 15-4 beatdown in the opening game of their series on June 30.

The Eagles then proceeded to win four of the next five to improve to 11-4 overall.