The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yu Darvish declined to say what exactly he did to get his pitching mechanics back in rhythm. The right-hander would only acknowledge that he quit focusing on so many things and kept his approach simple.
Whatever it was, it worked out very well for the Dodgers.
Darvish and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, Cody Bellinger hit his 37th home run and Los Angeles won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly three weeks, beating the San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Wednesday night.
The win lowered the Dodgers’ magic number to seven for clinching the NL West crown.
“Yu needed it,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It seemed like he was on the attack, going after guys. His tempo was good.”
Darvish, acquired from Texas at the July 31 trade deadline, was 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA in six previous starts with Los Angeles, but was crisp in his first career outing against San Francisco. The four-time All-Star pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and struck out five.
It came one day after Darvish’s realization that he didn’t need to worry about trying to fix too much. That simplified approach worked, although Darvish (9-12) wasn’t saying what specifically he focused on.