Tony Cingrani

Dodgers defeat Diamondbacks despite the struggles of Yu Darvish

Dodgers defeat Diamondbacks despite the struggles of Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish did not dominate the Arizona Diamondbacks the way he had the New York Mets in his Dodgers debut. He repeatedly struggled to locate his fastball within the strike zone Thursday night, staking 10 Diamondbacks to advantageous 2-and-0 counts.

What Darvish displayed at Chase Field was still dominance — only of a different sort. When he needed to throw a strike to avoid a walk, he pumped a strike. When the situation dictated he elicit a swing-and-miss, he extorted a swing-and-miss. It’s more torturous to be beaten by an opponent not at his best, more disheartening to be defeated by a competitor so clearly procrastinating. The Diamondbacks lost, 8-6, to a notably imperfect but...

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