By the most important measure, Yu Darvish had a good game Monday night. His Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees. Darvish himself earned a win, pitching seven innings and striking out eight in Texas' 4-2 victory.
That improved Gardner's career mark against Darvish to 5-for-11. Four of his hits? Homers. That makes him one of three players to have four career homers against Darvish (Brandon Moss and Mike Trout are the other two).
Those two homers and the .455 career batting average were enough for Darvish to unload one of the best quotes of the year. Per ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews:
Darvish on his tormentor: "I just blame the parents of Brett Gardner. I just blame them for creating a great hitter.''— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) July 29, 2014
You hear that, Jerry and Faye Gardner of Holly Hill, S.C.? You done good.
Afterward, Gardner couldn't explain why he's done so well against Darvish. Or, if he can explain, he's keeping it a secret.
''I'm not sure. I try to get good at-bats. Small sample size,'' Gardner said. ''It's hard to have confidence in the batter's box when he's on the mound.''
It'll sure be easier next time, knowing he's hit four homers off one of baseball's best pitchers.
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