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Tough game for Darvish, Koyano collects 41st double

by on Sep.26, 2010 @ 4:50 am, under NPB

Yu Darvish (HAM) lost a heartbreaker last night.  He went the distance for the 10th time this year and recorded his 8th loss of the season.  His final line: 9 IP, 35 BF, 146 NP, 12 SO, 1 BB, 2 HBP, 1 R, 1 ER.  What's more, the run that came around to score in the 7th inning got on base because of his second HBP of the game.  If not for that, the outcome of the game may have been different.

Still, since this was most likely Darvish's last game of the year, he'll likely finish the season with his 4th straight sub-2.00 ERA season (1.79) and his second strikeout title of his career (221).

The four straight sub-2.00 ERA seasons make Darvish the first pitcher in the NPB to accomplish the feat since Kazuhisa Inao did it between 1956 and 1959.  Masaichi Kaneda also accomplished the feat between 1955 and 1958.

Darvish also recorded his 13th double-digit strikeout game of the season.  He's just the third pitcher in NPB history to record 13 or more in one season.  The other two: Hideo Nomo (21 in 1990, 20 in 1991, and 14 in 1993) and Yutaka Enatsu (20 in 1968).

And Eiichi Koyano (HAM) set a new club record for doubles in a season with his 41st double of the year in the 4th inning.  The previous mark of 40 was held by Michihiro Ogasawara (2001) and Yoshio Itoi (2009).

Koyano also hit a ball down the left field line in his first at bat in the 2nd inning that was ruled a foul and then reconfirmed as such by the umps that checked the replay.