Darvish becomes 3rd Asian to win 100 MLB games…Kim has 1 RBI assist
Japanese major leaguer Darvish Yu (San Diego Padres) became the third Asian player in Major League Baseball (MLB) history to reach 100 wins. Teammate Kim Ha-seong went 1-for-1 with an RBI to help Darvish reach the milestone.
Darvish pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, USA.
San Diego exploded for 15 hits, including five home runs, in a six-run second inning to earn a 9-6 victory, and Darvish was able to capitalize on the run support.
With his fifth win of the season and 100th career victory, Darvish became the third Asian major leaguer to reach 100 wins, joining Hideo Nomo (123) and Chan Ho Park (124).
Nomo became the first Asian pitcher to reach the 100-win plateau on April 21, 2003, against the San Francisco Giants while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chan Ho Park reached the milestone on June 5, 2005, against the Kansas City Royals while playing for the Texas Rangers. The third Asian pitcher to reach 100 wins came 18 years later.
Born to an Iranian father and Japanese mother, Darvish pitched for the Nippon Ham Fighters of Nippon Professional Baseball from 2005 to 2011, compiling an impressive 93 wins and a 1.99 ERA before breaking into the major leagues in 2012.
After winning 16 games in his first season in the majors, Darvish went on to win 56 games by 2017, but in 2018, his first season after signing a six-year, $126 million free agent contract with the Chicago Cubs, he struggled with injuries, both major and minor, and won just eight games (one win).
He bounced back with eight wins and a 2.01 ERA in 12 games in 2020, a shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was traded to San Diego the following year to become the team’s No. 1 starter. Last year, he tied his career high with 16 wins.
His resilience led to a six-year, $108 million contract extension with San Diego earlier this year. Darvish, who helped Japan win the 2023 WBC, added five more wins in the first 12 games of the season to reach 100 career victories.
Kim Ha-soo also contributed to the victory, starting in the seventh spot in the lineup and going 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI.
In his first at-bat, Kim drew a walk with two outs in the top of the first inning after Manny Machado’s two-run double and Jake Cronenwirth’s RBI single made it 3-0. In the process, Colorado starter Austin Gomber was called for a pitch clock violation and earned a free pass.
San Diego jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the second inning on a solo shot by Trent Grisham and a two-run double by Gary Sanchez.
After reaching on an infield grounder in the top of the third, Kim lined a four-pitch changeup to center field with runners on first and third in the top of the fourth for a 6-1 lead. It was Kim’s 20th RBI of the season.메이저사이트
Kim struck out in the top of the seventh and was stranded on a grounder to second base in the top of the ninth. Kim’s batting average remained at .246 for the season.
With their 30th win of the season (33), San Diego moved into fourth place in the National League West. Last-place Colorado (26-39) has lost five straight.