TOKYO - Hiroshima's Final Stage Climax Series with the Yomiuri Giants ended Friday without Madison's Bryan Bullington ever taking the mound for the Carp.

Yomiuri defeated Hiroshima 3-1 on Friday to sweep the best-of-seven series from the Carp 4-0 and advance to the Japan Series against either Chiba Lotte or Tohoku Rakuten.

Bullington, a 1999 Madison graduate in his third season of Japanese pro baseball, was the winner in Hiroshima's First Stage sweep-clinching win over the Hanshin Tigers last week. However, he never saw action in the Final Stage Series.

As the Central League's regular season champion, Yomiuri entered the Final Stage with a 1-0 lead and home field advantage throughout. The Giants then beat Hiroshima's Kan Otake 3-2 in the series opener on Wednesday and Carp ace Kenta Maeda 3-0 Thursday before closing the series Friday with the 3-1 win over Kenjiro Nomura.

Bullington, a 32-year-old right-hander, ended the regular season with an 11-9 record and 3.23 ERA in 172.2 innings over 28 starts and he was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in one playoff appearance for five innings.

Bullington was 8-0 from August through the end of the season and he was named the Central League's most valuable pitcher for September while helping the Carp reach their first Climax Series in 23 seasons.

Although he just concluded the final year of a two-year contract with the Carp, both Carp management and Bullington have indicated previously that they would be interested in having him back with the team in 2014.