Darvish pitched in his first game since the All Star break the other night (7/26) against the Orix Buffaloes. He wasn't quite as sharp... but who could really blame him? His last appearance was during the All Star game on the 20th when he hurled 2 innings (22 pitches). His last "actual" start was back on the 13th against the Golden Eagles. To say he was a bit rusty from lack of work would probably be putting it mildly.
Still, he managed to go 7 innings while giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits (1 homer), 3 walks, and 1 strikeout. He faced 30 batters and threw 94 pitchers. I'm sure he'll do better his next time out.
Takeshi Higata hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the 9th off Nippon Ham reliever Shintaro Ejiri to win the game, 4-3.
ERA G CG ShO W L IP H HR BB SO HBP R ER WP BF 2.19 17 9 2 8 4 135.2 76 8 37 132 9 37 33 3 517