Yu Darvish mentioned he by no means envisioned himself as an ace till lately.
Properly, nothing says it greater than 1,500 strikeouts in 197 profession begins.
Darvish struck out 11 in six good innings to turn into the quickest huge leaguer to achieve 1,500 for his profession, Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth homered and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Monday night time within the opener of a three-game collection between the NL West rivals.
“Since I’ve come right here I’ve had my ups and downs, however, the cause why I’m sitting right here with the ability to discuss reaching 1,500 strikeouts is unquestionably due to all of the help I’ve been given since I began my profession right here,” mentioned Darvish, who got here to the majors in 2012 after spending seven seasons in his native Japan.
“Simply from the underside of my coronary heart I’m actually grateful and grateful for all of the help I’ve been given via the years,” mentioned Darvish, who turns 35 on Aug. 16.
Darvish (7-2) reached 1,500 strikeouts on the nostril in 197 begins. He held the Dodgers to 2 hits, together with Mookie Betts’ solo homer, and walked only one.
The Padres improved to 5-Three this season in opposition to the Dodgers.
Darvish pitched for the Dodgers within the second half of 2017, together with the World Collection loss to Houston. He was obtained by the Padres in commerce with the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 29.
“I just like the Dodgers as a crew,” Darvish mentioned. “I get excited dealing with this crew so perhaps there’s a bit extra adrenaline I might say, sure.”
After enjoying two entertaining collections earlier than limited-capacity crowds, this was the primary time this season the groups confronted one another in a full-capacity ballpark after California’s reopening plan went into impact final week. The sellout crowd of 42,220 seemed to be pretty evenly cut up between Dodgers and Padres followers.
The Dodgers swept the Padres of their NL Division Collection final 12 months en path to the World Collection title.
Darvish’s solely huge mistake was permitting Betts’ homer to heart with two outs within the third, his ninth. That ended a string of seven straight strikeouts for the right-hander.
Darvish notched his milestone 1,500th strikeout when he obtained Steven Souza Jr. wanting main off the sixth. After Cronenworth’s error at first base allowed Gavin Lux to achieve with two outs, Darvish allowed simply his second hit, a single by Justin Turner.
Rookie second baseman Kim Ha-Seong then made a pleasant play on Will Smith’s onerous smash to finish the inning, though he injured the index finger on his throwing hand and was changed by Cronenworth the following inning. Padres supervisor Jayce Tingler mentioned X-rays on Kim’s finger had been unfavorable.
Tingler mentioned Darvish being the quickest to 1,500 strikeouts “is unbelievably spectacular. Clearly you may have to have the ability to try this in a brief time frame. For him to do the whole lot with these strikeouts through the years, he’s obtained a ton of weapons. The best way he spins the ball, the best way he manipulates the ball, with the ability to get swing and miss, he’s great at it.”
Darvish is thought for all kinds of breaking pitches in addition to his agency fastball.
“He is probably the greatest at simply manipulating the baseball and getting it to do various things. That is actually an enormous think about getting as many punchouts in a fairly brief period of time,” Tingler mentioned.
Machado hit a three-run homer off Julio Urías (9-3) to offer the Padres a 4-Zero lead earlier than the Dodgers obtained an out within the first. Urías allowed Tommy Pham’s leadoff double, walked Fernando Tatis Jr. and allowed Cronenworth’s opposite-field double to left earlier than Machado drove his 11th homer to left.
Cronenworth homered to proper within the fifth after Tatis hit a leadoff double to left. It was Cronenworth’s ninth.
Will Smith homered off San Diego reliever Craig Stammen within the eighth, his ninth.
Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns grew to become the most recent NFL quarterback to see a sport at Petco Park. He wore a Mayfield No. 6 Padres jersey, sat within the first row behind house plate together with his social gathering, and thanked the crew on social media. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and spouse Ciara, who personal a house within the San Diego space, had been at a sport earlier this 12 months with their kids. Former Saints and San Diego Chargers QB Drew Brees and his household have been to a number of video games up to now, as has former Chargers sign caller Philip Rivers. Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who owns a house in Del Mar, as soon as visited the San Francisco Giants of their dugout earlier than a sport at Petco Park.
LHP Clayton Kershaw (8-6, 3.36 ERA) of the Dodgers and LHP Blake Snell (2-3, 5.72) of the Padres will present a marquee matchup Tuesday night time. Kershaw is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in two begins in opposition to San Diego this 12 months and 22-Eight with a 2.04 ERA in 42 professions begins in opposition to them. Snell has two no-decisions in opposition to the Dodgers this season. He was pulled from Recreation 6 of the World Collection by Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money with the Rays main the Dodgers 1-Zero within the sixth inning final 12 months. The Dodgers received the sport and the Collection.