Yu Darvish strikes out 7, snaps losing streak against Angels
Written by tokyoclub on September 9, 2021
Yu Darvish earned the win Wednesday in a bounce-back start, striking out seven over six innings of one-run ball as the San Diego Padres held off the Los Angeles Angels 8-5.
Darvish (8-9) restricted the Angels to three hits and a walk at Petco Park as he snapped a seven-game losing streak with his first win since June 21.
Yu Darvish of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Los Angeles Angels at Petco Park in San Diego on Sept. 8, 2021. (Kyodo)
The 35-year-old right-hander was making his third start after returning from his second stint on the injured list with a tight lower back.
He had surrendered four runs in six innings to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 26 before giving up five earned runs and lasting only 2-2/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 1.
“I threw freely and it felt good. I just left it to my senses,” Darvish said. “My fastball was working and my changeup was there too.”
Yu Darvish of the San Diego Padres pitches during a game against the Los Angeles Angels on Sept. 8, 2021, at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
Darvish had strong offensive support early against the visiting Angels, with the Padres chasing starter Mike Mayers (4-5) and two relievers in an eight-run second inning.
Adam Frazier paced the San Diego lineup, driving in three runs in a 2-for-4 night, including an RBI double that opened the scoring in the second.
Darvish said he was disappointed after compatriot Shohei Ohtani — the Angels’ regular designated hitter and MLB home run leader — sat out the game played without a DH under National League rules.
“That was a bit of an anticlimax,” Darvish said. “I was expecting him to come out (as a pinch hitter). I had prepared to throw nothing but fastballs to him.”
At Chase Field in Phoenix, Kohei Arihara continued his comeback for the Texas Rangers following a shoulder injury, getting no decision after throwing three strikeouts, four hits and a walk over 4-2/3 innings in an 8-5 victory over Arizona.
At Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo extended his hitting streak for the Pirates to a fifth consecutive game, going 1-for-4 in a 5-1 defeat to the Detroit Tigers.
Yu Darvish (R) of the San Diego Padres and Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels pose for photos ahead of a game at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on Sept. 7, 2021. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo