With the Astros making the transition to the American League, they were looking to make a statement continuing their series at home. After a shocking 8-2 loss to the Houston Astros, the Texas Rangers came to the ball park looking like a whole new team. They beat the Astros 7-0, and it was led by one man Yu Darvish. He was absolutely on fire. Looking to build on an impressive rookie year, where he went 16-9, posted an ERA of 3.90, and had 221 strikeouts. Last night, he had the game of his life.
He was one out away from a perfect game, pitching 8 2/3 innings.
He had a career high 14 K’s, and allowed only 1 hit that coming in the 9th. The Rangers had an offensive break out, scoring 7 runs on 12 hits. The big blast came off the bat of Ian Kinsler who hit a bomb deep to left field off the foul pole. Lance Berkman had a good night in his return to Houston going 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. That was all Darvish needed, as he was cruising from start to finish. Through 4 innings he had 9 strikeouts. The Astros couldn’t solve him at all. It was Marwin Gonzalez who would break up the perfect game with a single on the first pitch that went right through the legs of Darvish and into centre field. Continue reading