ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) — Yu Darvish was far from perfect Tuesday night, surrendering a season-high five runs en route to a 6-2 loss to the AL West-leading Athletics.
But the Rangers’ ace was unwilling to admit it. Instead, he was quick to credit the A’s talented offensive lineup for the production.
“In my mind, there were no mistake pitches,” said Darvish through a translator. “I have conviction when I throw my pitches, so they just hit really good pitches.”
Despite striking out 10, Darvish fell to 1-4 in his career against the A’s. In fact, Darvish has lost a total of four career games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – three of these have come against the A’s.
“They’re a very good team offensively. They are very hard to get out,” said Darvish.
Manager Ron Washington echoed this sentiment following the game.
“I can say this: they fight for their at bats. They battle, and when they get pitches they like, they don’t usually miss them. The two homeruns [Darvish] gave up, they were pitches out over the plate and they didn’t miss them.”