Yu Darvish reacts after striking out Josh Hamilton in the seventh inning. We were excited too Yu!
What Yu Darvish had given the Texas Rangers since returning from the disabled list after the all-star break was nothing short of prodigious.
On Tuesday night, he didn't have that electric stuff he had against Arizona or Cleveland, and he let an early 2-0 lead slip away in the blink of an eye when he allowed back-to-back homers in the bottom of the first inning. But from that point on, the Angels couldn't muster much as Darvish improved to 11-5 on the season.
Darvish allowed a season-high eight hits and walked three, and without his best fastball battled through seven innings despite getting a visit from the training staff late in his outing only to brush them away.
While he didn't have that electric fastball and wasn't able to fan double-digits (only six), he constantly worked out of jams and stranded 10 base-runners to help the Rangers win their eighth game in nine tries.
It's nights like Tuesday night that make Darvish a tried and true ace. A night when he had far from his best stuff, got hit early and then persevered and worked a gritty seven innings to keep his team in the game and earn another victory.