There was the 13-batter, five-hit, five-walk, nine-run top of the fourth, which featured three Angels pitchers who were in the minor leagues 12 days ago (two in AA) throwing 51 pitches, only 25 of which were strikes, one of which was a broken-bat home run, a glorious 28 minutes of baseball that turned 0-0 into 9-0 and a rubber match into SchadenfreudeFest.
But for me, the poster from Texas 11, Los Angeles 3 is what happened a very long second after this:
The tagline to the movie “61” was: “Why did America have room in its heart for only one hero?”
It could have been the caption as Darvish dropped 61 on a befuddled Mike Trout in the bottom of the sixth.
(Hat tip to Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley for the awesome .gif.)
Or maybe the movie poster for last night’s 61 could have been:
[AP/Jae C. Hong]
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In Darvish’s 19 starts since July 1, he’s punched out 164 in 128.1 innings (11.5 per nine innings), scattering 90 hits and 48 unintentional walks (.196/.281/.301) while coaxing 1.4 as many groundouts as flyouts, and morphing from an awesome investment into an undeniable ace.
The offensive outburst headlined the outcome for the national highlight shows, allowed Darvish to take a third of the night off, and gave me time to nearly finish the hashtag glossary (which I should have done by tonight).
But it was only a subplot for me, as last night was really about a number one starter, a 26-year-old under contract for this year of can’t-miss-baseball and four more, but possibly only three more, but it better be more like eight more, and about what he and his teammates did last night to another very good baseball team.