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Yu Darvish: Playoffs #1

by on Oct.15, 2007 @ 9:43 am, under NPB

The Ham Fighters got off to a nice start against the Lotte Marines behind a strong start by Darvish. He went 9 innings and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. He threw 133 pitches to get the complete game and faced 34 batters.

Darvish gave up his first run of the game in the top of the second after giving up a single to Tomoya Satozaki and a walk to Jose Ortiz. He got the third batter Shoitsu Omatsu to fly out to deep center. The ball was hit far enough for Satozaki to tag up and take third. With 1 out and runners on first and third, Benny stepped into the box. With the count squared at 1, Benny hit a grounder to third (also broke his bat) with runners on the move. Satozaki managed to score and Benny was thrown out at first. Darvish retired Toshiaki Imae on a broken bat dribbler back up the box.

The second run came in the next inning when Tsuyoshi Nishioke led off with double to left. Daisuke Hayakawa then followed with a bunt that turned into a hit, setting up runners at the corners with no outs. Kazuya Fukuura followed by rapping into a double-play that also scored Tsuyoshi from third. Darvish retired Saburo Omura on a deep fly to right for the final out of the inning.

The Lotte Marines managed to put only 3 more runners on base after the third inning (a hit, a walk, and a hits batsman) and didn't give Darvish much of a fight.

Final score: Fighters 5 - Marines 2

Yu Darvish
   IP   BF   P   H  HR  SO  BB  HB  ER  R
W  9.0  34  133  5  0   8   2   1   2   2

Incidentally, here are Darvish's final season totals to recap:

ERA   G   CG  ShO  W   L   IP     H   HR  SO   BB  HBP  R   ER  WP  BF
1.82  26  12   3   15  5  207.2  123  9   210  49  13   48  42  4   790

Some Other Interesting Factoids
Threw 2969 pitches during the regular season (or roughly 114 pitches a game)
5 games 130+ pitches (140, 139, 138, 135, 134)
3 games 5+ BB
1 IBB all year
9 games 10+ SO
23 games 7+ IP


0 comments on “Yu Darvish: Playoffs #1

  1. Gwynar

    I forgot to mention that Darvish ended the season:

    *Tied for first in ERA in the NPB (1.82)
    *Tied for third in wins in the NPB (15)
    *First in strikeouts in the NPB (210)
    *First in complete games in the NPB (12)
    *Third in innings pitched in the NPB (207.2; one of three pitchers with 200+ IP)
    *Tied for first in HBP in the NPB (13; ex-Dodger and ex-Met Kazuhisa Ishii was the other pitcher with 13)