Games from April 9:
Texas Rangers 11 - Seattle Mariners 5
Yu Darvish (TEX) started the game and allowed five runs (all earned) on eight hits over 5.2 innings of work. Final line: 5.2 IP, 110-59 NP-S, 30 BF, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports, Sanspo, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third. He went 3-for-5: infield single (run scored), double to right (run scored), ground out to first, single to center, ground out to first. [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Lehigh Valley 1 - Pawtucket 0 (AAA)
Junichi Tazawa (PAW) entered the game in the 8th inning and tossed two shutout innings in relief. Final line: 2 IP, 34-23 NP-S, 9 BF, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Rochester 3 - Buffalo 2 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first. He went 1-for-3: fly out to center, single to right, strikeout swinging, walk (stole second, run scored). [Nikkan Sports]
Forbes: Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) is the fourth highest paid baseball player.
Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL) started a minor league practice game on Monday and allowed three runs on seven hits. He faced a total twenty-six batters, threw eighty-eight pitches and struck out seven.
Yu Darvish (TEX) tweeted this regarding his MLB debut:
5回2/3 8安打5失点で1勝目。 調子は最悪でしたが粘り強く、気持ちも強く持って投げました。毎年最初の登板は気持ちと身体が一致せず苦労してるな〜。 でも打線が4本塁打で逆転してくれて勝てました！ チームが勝って良かった！
I recorded my first victory on five runs and eight hits over 5.2 innings of work. I was awful but I hung on and I stayed strong while pitching. Every year I struggle to get my emotions and my body together on the same page. But the offense hit four homers and we came from behind for the win! I am glad the team won the game!
Sanspo and Nikkan Sports posted parts of his post-game press conference.
Were you nervous about making your first start?
I felt calm when I took the mound and I was able to take everything in. I thought things might be like this, but my body just kept moving forward because it wanted to compete. My body and my spirit were completely out of balance.
The offense bailed you out.
It just as you see it. I watched with amazement.
You threw a lot of two-seamers.
That is right. And I could not get ahead of batters. I could not throw the slider for strikes either. I did not really want to pitch a game like this and I wanted to will myself into holding on.
What kind of adjustments did you make in order to compensate?
I was not really able to make adjustments, I was not in that kind of place. But I knew about our good offense and figured that if I could throw up zeros, we might be able to pull out a win.
You threw forty-two pitches and you could have been yanked.
It was a tough inning. But, I was not really thinking about that. I felt I could, perhaps, work through things.
The fans gave you a standing ovation as you walked off the field.
It made me feel bad because they were clapping so much despite my performance.
What were your thoughts when you got the win?
It felt similar to the other times I saw the team win. I was just happy the team won.
You struggled with your control earlier on.
I felt calm, but my body was rearing to go. My body and my spirit were not in synch.
Have you experienced something like this before?
Many times. Like not being able to adjust my emotions during the first inning. I am a human and it happens to everyone.
How did you pull together?
I did not really want to pitch a game like this and I wanted to will myself into holding on. At worst, I just wanted to put up zeros because I felt there was still a chance the team could win.
Your thoughts on Ichiro and his three hits.
[Ichiro] is an amazing player and I was pitching in and out of trouble so it was not strange for anyone to get a hit against me.
Did you find what you were looking for in the Majors?
I still have not gotten a good feel for the game. There are still a lot of things I need to absorb. I just need to get used to things.