Darvish was on the losing end of a game against the Orix Buffalows. He started off well enough, keeping the Buffalows at bay for 7 innings until giving up 4 runs in the bottom of the 8th.
After getting pinch-hitting Gotoh to ground out to second, he gave up a single to pinch-hitter Kimoto. He was able to get the next batter Hidaka to ground out to second, but gave up another single to Hirano, putting runners at first and third and two out. Things quickly fell apart from there as Muramatsu managed an infield single, scoring Kimoto from third. He proceeded to hit the 6th batter of the inning, Greg LaRocca, to load the bases for Tuffy Rhodes (.283, 23 HR, 50 RBI, 1.011 OPS), who proceed to empty the bases with a double to left, giving the Blue Waves a 4-1 advantage.
Darvish was taken out after that. The Fighters went down fairly quickly in the top of the 9th and the game ended, 4-1.
7.2 innings, 31 batters faced, 118 pitches, 5 hits, 6 strikeouts, 1 walk, 2 hit batters, 4 runs (all earned)