Yu Darvish was tagged for four runs in the first inning Sunday as the Rangers failed to sweep the Mariners. Tony Gutierrez AP
Yu Darvish was tagged for four runs in the first inning Sunday as the Rangers failed to sweep the Mariners. Tony Gutierrez AP

Texas Rangers

Rangers’ Darvish seeking better results after 7-3 loss

June 18, 2017 07:22 PM

UPDATED June 18, 2017 10:03 PM

ARLINGTON

An awakening appears to have taken place Sunday on a hot, sleepy afternoon spread over 3 hours, 43 minutes of game time at Globe Life Park.

Yu Darvish doesn’t want to take it anymore.

He didn’t appear to be mad as hell after allowing five runs in five innings in a 7-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners, but instead seemed motivated in how he would navigate through the rest of the season.

The sluggish pace, the inconsistency that’s keeping him from being great and the lack of efficiency — all that bit him on Father’s Day — led him to make a bold, public proclamation after he could lead the Rangers to a three-game weekend sweep.

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“From now on, I don’t want that kind of result,” Darvish said. “From now on, I’d like to pitch better. I don’t want to have this kind of outing, giving up five runs on eight hits. I’m going to try to pitch better.”

It’s not like Darvish has been terrible this season. The five runs and eight hits were season-highs, which means on the whole his 15 starts in 2017 have been pretty good.

His ERA is still a tidy 3.35.

He seems to have an idea of how to change his ways. It seems obvious: Do the opposite of what happened in the first inning and has been known to happen to him.

Darvish (6-5) said that he was never able to find a rhythm in a disjointed first inning that saw Seattle score four times with two outs after the first two batters reached on a blooper and a walk.

Darvish then struck out Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz before falling behind 3-0 to Kyle Seager. He was swinging on the next pitch, a fastball he could handle, and drove it into the corner for an RBI double.

The next Darvish pitch crossed up catcher Robinson Chirinos, struck him in the left arm and turned into a passed ball that gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead. Plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt was also crossed up, as the pitch was right down the middle but called a ball.

Instead of being ahead in the count, Darvish was behind Danny Valencia. He homered three pitches later for a 4-0 lead on a 3-1 count.

“I put myself in situations that the hitter is going to get the pitch that he’s looking for,” Darvish said. “I think that caused me the trouble.”

The Rangers, meanwhile, mustered only four hits in 5  2/3 innings against Christian Bergman, who entered with a 10.61 ERA in road games. Carlos Gomez got him for a two-run homer in the second inning, but 13 of the next 16 hitters were retired by Bergman.

Career hit No. 2,958 for Adrian Beltre ended Bergman’s day.

“It was one of those days,” Gomez said. “It was a tough game. It’s more important we won the series. In the last week and a half we’ve been winning a lot of series, so it’s good.”

Manager Jeff Banister watched the majority of the game from the bench after being ejected by crew chief Joe West after a brief dispute after a foul ball was later called a hit by pitch.

Banister said that he wanted the umpires to review the play without the Rangers needing to use a challenge. Banister was given the heave as he was walking back to the dugout.

“I know everybody wants to know all that goes on,” Banister said. “In any discussion there are things that get said and don’t get said, and there are emotions that are had and aren’t had. I had an early exit.”

So did Darvish, who lasted until the fifth inning. He had thrown 99 pitches, 75 over the first three innings, and though he said that he felt fine physically on another steamy day, he was done.

But, apparently, motivated in how he navigates the rest of the season.

“In the first inning I had bad rhythm going and more time between pitches,” Darvish said. “After the game I talked to the skipper, and next time I go out there I’m going to have better rhythm and tempo.”

Jeff Wilson: 817-390-7760, @JeffWilson_FWST

Seattle

401

000

020

7

11

0

Texas

020

000

100

3

4

1

Seattle AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Gamel lf

4

1

2

0

0

0

.346

Heredia lf

0

0

0

0

0

0

.274

Haniger rf

4

1

0

0

1

3

.319

Cano 2b

4

1

2

0

1

1

.289

Cruz dh

5

1

1

0

0

2

.292

Seager 3b

5

2

3

3

0

1

.263

Valencia 1b

4

1

1

2

0

0

.264

Dyson cf

4

0

1

0

0

0

.244

Ruiz c

3

0

1

0

1

1

.206

Smith ss

3

0

0

0

0

2

.188

Totals 36

7

11

5

3

10

Texas AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Choo rf

3

0

1

0

1

0

.262

Andrus ss

3

0

0

0

1

0

.288

Mazara lf

4

0

0

0

0

0

.278

Beltre dh

4

0

1

0

0

0

.296

Odor 2b

3

1

1

0

1

0

.222

Gomez cf

4

1

1

2

0

1

.253

Gallo 1b-3b

4

0

0

0

0

3

.194

Chirinos c

2

1

0

0

1

0

.221

Kozma 3b

2

0

0

0

0

0

.129

Napoli ph-1b

1

0

0

0

1

1

.199

Totals 30

3

4

2

5

5

E—Andrus (11). LOB—Seattle 7, Texas 6. 2B—Cruz (13), Seager 3 (16). HR—Valencia (7), off Darvish; Gomez (6), off Bergman. RBIs—Seager 3 (41), Valencia 2 (37), Gomez 2 (21). SB—Cano (1), Dyson (17). CS—Valencia (2). Runners left in scoring position—Seattle 6 (Cano 2, Seager 3, Smith); Texas 2 (Mazara 2). RISP—Seattle 4 for 16; Texas 0 for 1. Runners moved up—Haniger, Dyson, Cruz. GIDP—Andrus. DP—Seattle 1 (Cano, Smith, Valencia).

Seattle

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Bergman, W, 4-4

5 2/3

4

2

2

2

1

77

5.44

Rzepczynski, H, 8

 1/3

0

0

0

0

0

2

2.93

Cishek, H, 3

 2/3

0

1

1

1

1

21

5.00

Pazos

0

0

0

0

1

0

5

2.10

Vincent, H, 7

1 1/3

0

0

0

1

1

19

1.95

Diaz

1

0

0

0

0

2

13

3.38

Texas

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

NP

ERA

Darvish, L, 6-5

5

8

5

5

1

6

99

3.35

Jeffress

2

1

0

0

0

1

30

5.59

Alvarez

 2/3

1

2

1

2

1

33

3.75

Kela

 1/3

0

0

0

0

1

3

3.16

Bush

 1/3

0

0

0

0

1

14

2.25

Frieri

 2/3

1

0

0

0

0

10

0.00

Pazos pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. Inherited runners-scored—Rzepczynski 1-0, Pazos 2-1, Vincent 2-0, Kela 2-0, Frieri 1-0. HBP—Darvish (Smith), Cishek (Chirinos), Bush (Heredia). WP—Pazos, Alvarez. PB—Chirinos (1). Umpires—Home, Hunter Wendelstedt; First, Andy Fletcher; Second, Alan Porter; Third, Joe West. T—3:43. A—31,552 (48,114).

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