The Remarkable Yu Darvish

by Bill Chuck on August 2, 2013

Yu Darvish was DOMINANT.

Darvish matched his major league high with 14 strikeouts and the Texas Rangers won their fourth game in a row, 7-1 over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Darvish (10-5) celebrated his 50th major league start by holding the Diamondbacks to five hits and no walks.

Yu is one of three to have three 14 whiff/no walk games in a season

Rk Player Year # W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO IP H ER HR SO
1 Randy Johnson 2001 3 2 0 1.000 2.86 3 0 0 22.0 16 7 2 48
2 Yu Darvish 2013 3 2 0 1.000 1.54 3 0 0 23.1 13 4 1 42
3 Roger Clemens 1997 3 3 0 1.000 1.88 3 1 1 24.0 14 5 1 44
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It was the fourth game this season Darvish reached 14 strikeouts

Rk Player Date Tm Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit Str
1 Anibal Sanchez 2013-04-26 DET ATL W 10-0 GS-8 ,W 8.0 5 0 0 1 17 0 121 84
2 Yu Darvish 2013-08-01 TEX ARI W 7-1 GS-7 ,W 7.0 5 0 0 0 14 0 111 78
3 Chris Sale 2013-06-14 CHW HOU L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8.0 6 2 0 1 14 0 124 85
4 Yu Darvish 2013-05-27 (2) TEX ARI L 4-5 GS-8 7.2 7 4 4 0 14 1 116 83
5 Yu Darvish 2013-05-05 TEX BOS W 4-3 GS-7 7.0 4 3 3 2 14 2 127 78
6 Yu Darvish 2013-04-02 TEX HOU W 7-0 GS-9 ,W 8.2 1 0 0 0 14 0 111 78
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Top 10

Most 14+ strikeout games in a season

Rk Player Year # W L W-L% CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO
1 Pedro Martinez 1999 8 6 1 .857 3 0 65.0 35 9 3 10 121
2 Randy Johnson 2001 8 5 1 .833 0 0 57.1 32 16 4 10 124
3 Nolan Ryan 1974 6 4 1 .800 5 1 61.0 29 14 3 36 102
4 Nolan Ryan 1972 6 5 1 .833 6 3 54.0 22 7 0 21 92
5 Randy Johnson 1997 6 4 1 .800 3 1 50.0 35 10 3 15 98
6 Sam McDowell 1968 5 3 2 .600 4 0 46.2 22 6 1 14 73
7 Randy Johnson 1998 5 4 0 1.000 4 3 44.0 27 3 1 8 75
8 Randy Johnson 1993 5 4 1 .800 2 1 41.1 19 7 1 19 72
9 Randy Johnson 2002 5 5 0 1.000 4 2 44.0 24 3 1 10 79
10 Randy Johnson 1999 5 2 3 .400 3 0 41.0 32 13 5 8 74
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According to STATS, Darvish was the sixth pitcher since 1974 to have 10 strikeouts in the first 13 batters. The last was Ricky Nolasco for Florida on Sept. 30, 2009.

Here is the play-by-play

Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) Arizona Play Description
Top of the 1st, Diamondbacks Batting, Tied 0-0, Rangers’ Yu Darvish facing 1-2-3
t1 0-0 0 4,(0-2)  G. Parra Strikeout Swinging
t1 0-0 1 4,(2-1)  A. Eaton Single to LF (Line Drive to Short LF-CF)
t1 0-0 1 1– 3,(0-2)  P. Goldschmidt Strikeout Swinging
t1 0-0 2 1– 6,(2-2)  E. Chavez Strikeout Swinging
Diamondbacks 0, Rangers 0.
Top of the 2nd, Diamondbacks Batting, Tied 0-0, Rangers’ Yu Darvish facing 5-6-7
t2 0-0 0 6,(3-2)  C. Ross Single to CF (Ground Ball thru SS-2B)
t2 0-0 0 1– 6,(3-2)  M. Prado Strikeout Swinging, Ross Steals 2B
t2 0-0 1 -2- 4,(1-2)  J. Kubel Strikeout Swinging
t2 0-0 2 -2- 7,(2-2)  D. Gregorius Strikeout Swinging
Diamondbacks 0, Rangers 0.
Top of the 3rd, Diamondbacks Batting, Behind 0-1, Rangers’ Yu Darvish facing 9-1-2
t3 0-1 0 7,(2-2)  T. Gosewisch Popfly: 2B (Deep SS-2B)
t3 0-1 1 5,(1-2)  G. Parra Strikeout Looking
t3 0-1 2 5,(2-2)  A. Eaton Strikeout Swinging
Diamondbacks 0, Rangers 1.
Top of the 4th, Diamondbacks Batting, Behind 0-2, Rangers’ Yu Darvish facing 3-4-5
t4 0-2 0 4,(1-2)  P. Goldschmidt Strikeout Looking
t4 0-2 1 5,(2-2)  E. Chavez Strikeout Looking
t4 0-2 2 5,(2-2)  C. Ross Groundout: 1B unassisted (Weak 2B-1B)
Diamondbacks 0, Rangers 2.
Top of the 5th, Diamondbacks Batting, Behind 0-5, Rangers’ Yu Darvish facing 6-7-8
t5 0-5 0 1,(0-0)  M. Prado Flyball: CF (Deep CF)
t5 0-5 1 4,(1-2)  J. Kubel Strikeout Swinging
t5 0-5 2 6,(1-2)  D. Gregorius Single to CF (Ground Ball)
t5 0-5 2 1– 4,(1-2)  T. Gosewisch Strikeout Looking
Diamondbacks 0, Rangers 5.
Top of the 6th, Diamondbacks Batting, Behind 0-5, Rangers’ Yu Darvish facing 1-2-3
t6 0-5 0 4,(0-2)  G. Parra Strikeout Swinging
t6 0-5 1 4,(1-2)  A. Eaton Groundout: 3B-1B
t6 0-5 2 4,(1-2)  P. Goldschmidt Strikeout Looking
Diamondbacks 0, Rangers 5.
Top of the 7th, Diamondbacks Batting, Behind 0-5, Rangers’ Yu Darvish facing 4-5-6
t7 0-5 0 2,(1-0)  E. Chavez Single to LF (Line Drive)
t7 0-5 0 1– 1,(0-0)  C. Ross Flyball: RF
t7 0-5 1 1– 5,(2-2)  M. Prado Single to LF (Line Drive); Chavez to 2B
t7 0-5 1 12- 2,(1-0)  J. Kubel Flyball: LF (Short LF-CF)
t7 0-5 2 12- 3,(1-1)  D. Gregorius Popfly: SS (Deep SS)
Diamondbacks 0, Rangers 5.
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