Once again, Yu Darvish took the mound against the Texas Rangers' biggest rivals, the Oakland A's. In fact, it was the second time in as many weeks for the Rangers' ace to face the disciplined A's lineup. And once again, in what is becoming more than just a fad, the A's took ownership of the Rangers' ace, continuing their domination of the otherwise dominant Rangers ace.
Darvish had the shortest outing of his Rangers career, lasting just 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks while needing 83 pitches to navigate his way through the 10 outs he recorded. He was outsmarted by the A's hitters, who took their usual patient approach and made him throw strikes, which they promptly hit.
“They got hitters that have discipline,” manager Ron Washington told reporters after the game. “They know what they want to hit, and they wait on it.”
Darvish's previous start had come against Oakland on the road, and while it wasn't great, it was much better than Monday's outing. He allowed three runs in six labored innings that night and came away with a no-decision after the Rangers' bats came back from a deficit. On Monday night against Oakland's young stud Sonny Gray, he wasn't as lucky.
Darvish said he won't dwell on the bad outing, probably because he knows his next start will be against someone other than Oakland.
“As a starting pitcher, you always want to go deeper into the game,” said Darvish, speaking through an interpreter. “Obviously, I was disappointed. But this is something that happens to any pitcher. I just don’t want to dwell on it.”