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Yu Darvish: Game #17

by on Jul.27, 2007 @ 8:20 am, under NPB

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