One of the biggest qualities of a Major League Baseball ace pitcher is that he can be counted on to take the ball every fifth day and win a game, in theory stopping teams from going on long, extended losing streaks no matter how bad of shape they're in.
Darvish is becoming a bona fide ace in the big leagues, there's no doubt about it, but he failed to stop a skid on Tuesday, taking a tough-luck loss as the Oakland A's won their second straight over the Rangers with a 1-0 win and ensuring themselves a series win as they're trying to get back on pace with the Rangers in the AL West.
Darvish didn't have his best stuff, but definitely did enough to give his team a chance to win, giving up just one run on a solo homer from Yoenis Cespedes in the third inning. He struggled with his command a bit and was far from efficient, forcing Ron Washington to pull him after six innings and 101 pitches after going 130 pitches and eight innings on Thursday, stirring up some controversy.
In his previous five tries following a Rangers' loss, Darvish was 5-0, but that streak came to an end on Tuesday night. Rest easy though, Rangers fans, you still have yourselves an ace.