Darvish didn't bring his best game to his 22nd start of the season. He did, however, pitch well enough to win, although earlier in the game, it seemed as though the Eagles might be able to pull off quite the upset against Darvish and the Fighters.
Daisuke Kusano hit up Darvish for 3 doubles and three runs in four trips to the plate (he drove in a run in the first and 2 runs in the third. Kusano also factored into the fourth unearned run when he scored from second on a throwing error in the 8th.
The Fighters didn't actually get around to scoring until the 5th when they scored a run on an infield single by Astunori Inaba with runners on first and third. The Fighters would tie the game in the top of the 6th by scoring 3 runs, capped off by a 3-run triple by Shinya Tsuruoka. The Fighters scored the game deciding in the 9th 3 straight singles and smart-baserunning by Takahito Kudoh.
Final score: Fighters 5 - Eagles 4
FINAL LINESCORE VS RAKUTEN GOLDEN EAGLES IP BF P H HR SO BB HB ER R W 9.0 36 118 9 0 6 0 1 3 4 SEASON TOTALS ERA G CG ShO W L IP H HR SO BB HBP R ER WP BF 1.99 22 11 3 13 4 175.2 105 8 172 42 12 44 39 3 670