When his eyes registered the location of the last pitch, Yu Darvish stepped outside the batter’s box. He stared at the umpire to be sure. It was a fastball from Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. like the three pitches before it, and it was not a strike, like the three before it. In October, good luck can give a man pause.
There was only one thing left to do. Darvish roared and chucked his bat into the grass. The trajectory of the lumber was not majestic. It felt more visceral, the stunned reaction of seeing fortune smile on the Dodgers.
“The story of the night,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, “is Yu Darvish.”
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