Yu Darvish didn’t dominate the Arizona Diamondbacks the best way he had the New York Mets in his Dodgers debut. He repeatedly struggled to find his fastball inside the strike zone Thursday night time, staking 10 Diamondbacks to advantageous 2-and-zero counts.
What Darvish displayed at Chase Area was nonetheless dominance — only a totally different type. When he wanted to throw a strike to keep away from a stroll, he pumped a strike. When the state of affairs dictated he elicit a swing-and-miss, he extorted a swing-and-miss. It’s extra torturous to be crushed by an opponent not at his greatest, extra disheartening to be defeated by a competitor so clearly procrastinating. The Diamondbacks misplaced, eight-6, to a notably imperfect Darvish.
Arizona trotted out a rookie left-hander named Anthony Banda, who was making his third profession begin. Banda, the group’s prime prospect, turned 24 on Thursday. His celebration didn’t final lengthy.
Corey Seager shot the sport’s first hit to proper within the first inning. Justin Turner then smashed a ball proper to Diamondbacks shortstop Ketel Marte, who couldn’t glove it. Logan Forsythe battled again from a 1-and-2 rely to attract a two-out stroll. Enrique Hernandez, additionally on a 1-and-2 pitch, dropped his swing to greet a low curveball and drive it into left area. His bases-loaded double scored three runs.
Directly it was clear that Darvish was not wielding his commonplace command. Within the first inning, he threw three consecutive balls to start at-bats towards David Peralta, A.J. Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt, and two to Jake Lamb. The third pitch to Lamb was out of the zone too, however Lamb chased it. Arizona chased typically. Peralta singled, however Pollock and Goldschmidt struck out swinging and Lamb flied out to middle.
After Darvish set down the Diamondbacks so as within the second, Ketel Marte began the third with a stroll. Banda bunted him over, and a wild pitch allowed Marte to take third. He scored when Forsythe, the second baseman, couldn’t area a Peralta grounder in time. Darvish subsequent missed together with his first pitch however nonetheless struck out Pollock. He then left a cutter over the center to Lamb, who ripped it to proper area, the place Forsythe was completely positioned in a shift.
After he struck out Goldschmidt to start the fourth, Darvish missed excessive with a fastball to J.D. Martinez, who launched an reverse-subject house run. Two extra singles meant the go-forward run stood on first with two outs when Arizona supervisor Torey Lovullo pinch-hit Brandon Drury for Banda.
For the primary time, Darvish discovered pinpoint command. He spun two tempting sliders slightly below the zone, then hurled a fastball simply above it. Drury swung and missed on all three pitches.
Chris Taylor ambushed Arizona reliever Jake Barrett within the fifth, walloping Barrett’s first pitch 4 rows into the left-subject stands. A stroll, an error, and two infield singles provided the Dodgers two extra runs.
Darvish issued one other stroll to start the underside of the fifth, this time lacking nearer to the zone. As Pedro Baez warmed, Darvish struck out Pollock and Lamb swinging. He then benefited from a borderline name on a slider to strike out Goldschmidt. In a single movement, Darvish pumped his fist up and lowered his glove, the incongruous celebration symbolizing his night — inexact however efficient.
In his labor-intensive 5 innings, Darvish walked two and struck out 10. No pitcher earlier than him had logged 10 strikeouts in every of his first two begins with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Darvish’s 106 pitches have been his most since June 7. He had not thrown that many pitches in 5 or fewer innings in additional than three years.
Within the Dodgers’ half of the sixth, Turner doubled in two runs.
Chris Iannetta drove in two within the backside of the inning with a house run towards Brock Stewart, considered one of 5 Dodgers relievers. Arizona managed two extra runs towards Brandon Morrow within the eighth, however Tony Cingrani helped him out of the jam, and Kenley Jansen pitched an ideal ninth.
Earlier, Tony Watson exited after a comebacker bounced off his left foot, although he may need been eliminated even when the ball had bounced elsewhere.
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