Darvish did well enough in his start against the Rakuten Golden Eagles the other night. I was actually wondering how he would do after all the back page ink he's been getting. Apparently he's pretty good about shutting things out and concentrating on what's on his plate "right now" -- it certainly seems like he knows how to keep his emotions in check.
He didn't really have much problem against the Rakuten lineup, keeping them off the board until the top of the 8th with the score 4-0. In the top of the 8th, Darvish gave up three consecutive hits (single, double, double) leading to 2 earned runs and was removed from the game thereafter. The Fighters managed to hold onto the 2-run lead and beat the Eagles 4-2.
FINAL LINESCORE VS RAKUTEN GOLDEN EAGLES IP BF P H HR SO BB HB ER R W 7.0 28 100 6 0 8 1 0 2 2 SEASON TOTALS ERA G CG ShO W L IP H HR SO BB HBP R ER WP BF 2.16 19 9 2 10 4 149.2 90 8 147 40 11 40 36 3 576