Yu Darvish Nearly Perfect
Yu Darvish almost made history last night, taking a perfect game into the ninth inning against the Houston Astros. Houston’s shortstop Marwin Gonzales broke up the perfect game with a hot-shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth that went right between the legs of Darvish. To his credit, Darvish reacted like a true professional, smiling at the result, and tipping his hat to the crowd as he left the game.
While Darvish almost gave the Rangers the sixth no-hitter in the team’s history, he did give Ranger fans a look at what the season will be like. To win the American League Western Division, the Rangers will need good pitching, timely hitting, and some steady defense in the field. That is exactly what Darvish and his teammates gave fans last night.
Darvish made pitches when he needed to, striking out 14 Astros in his 8.2 innings of work. Elvis Andrus added some timely hitting with two triples, Craig Gentry added a triple, and a double, Ian Kinsler hit his first home run of the season, and DH Lance Berkman went 3 for 4 while driving in two runs.
The game last night was exactly what Ranger fans should expect this season. Yes, there will be some home runs along the way, but mostly it will be timely hitting and speed on the base-paths backing up good pitching that carries the Rangers to the pennant.
Not every game will feature a pitching performance like the outing Darvish turned in last night, and Ranger hitters will not get six extra base hits every game that is a fact of baseball. Ranger fans do have a fun season to look forward to, this style of baseball is exciting. Yu Darvish showed us all that last night, and I along with all the fans at the game, stood up and clapped as he left the game last night.