WHERE’S THE PLATE?

BY: Richard W. Humphrey

Yu Darvish had significant control problems in his second spring start. He opened the game with a pair of walks, and finished three innings having allowed seven (four walks and three hits) of the 13 batters he faced to reach base. He threw 61 pitches, more than half of which (32) were balls. He was fortunate to give up just two runs, as he was aided by a double play and two caught stealings.

Darvish opened the game by issuing walks to Cleveland’s first two batters, Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera, both of whom were caught stealing second. Darvish then struck out Chin-Soo Choo to end the inning and escape scoreboard damage.

Darvish was much better in the second allowing a soft single and striking out two in a four up, three down inning. The third inning proved more problematic than the first. He loaded the bases with a single and two walks. From there a single and ground ball double play each brought home a run.

Darvish however left the game as the pitcher of record to earn a win, as Texas led 7-2 on the strength of a six run second inning. However, the game ended in an 8-8 tie in 10 innings, as Koji Uehara, Joe Beimel and Mike Adams each surrendered two runs in a one-inning relief appearance.

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