)Yu Darvish has been dominant more often than not this season, but his control let him down and the Oakland A’s patience did him in on Wednesday afternoon. In five plus innings of work, the A's waited out six base on balls and them measured up Darvish when they had the chance, knocking him around to the tune of five earned runs.
And they didn’t let up once he was removed, either. Robbie Ross was next in line to pitch for Texas, and he too failed to record an out in the sixth, allowing four runs on four hits. In total, the A’s plated six in the big inning, with three coming on Josh Donaldson’s 20th home run.
''It wasn't a good day is all,'' Ranger manager Ron Washington said.
He's not kidding, either. Due to his command issues, Darvish was visibly frustrated throughout his outing. When catcher A.J. Pierzynski attempted to calm him down on one occasion, Darvish was seen motioning him back behind the plate. On another occasion, he walked away from pitching coach Mike Maddux during a mound visit. Both incidents were obvious, and Pierzynski's own frustration could be seen in the dugout, but he quickly swept under the rug afterward.
''He had a command issue. I went out there to calm him down. I wasn't paying attention,'' Pierzynski said.
What can't be swept under the rug, however, is Oakland reclaiming first place in the American League West with their 11-4 victory.