I bet that not a single person in the crowd of 42,003 expected this kind of game. Tens of thousand gathered at the Rangers Ballpark with just one thing in mind: to see Yu Darvish's debut. Oh my, oh my what did they pay to see. In his first American inning he let not one, not two, not three but FOUR runs. At the end of the first inning the pitch count for Darvish was already fourty.
It took him 74 pitches to get out of the first three innings. I honestly don't blame him, there was just too much hype around him. I am sure that by the end of the first half inning many fans chocked on the two-foot long monstrous hot-dog watching Yu wrecking.
Fortunately for Yu, the Rangers lineup is shockingly strong, almost at the outer limits of reality. At the bottom of the first both Kinsler and Beltre scored. Top of the second looked similar to the first inning, with Yu in clear difficulty, but only Suzuki scored. Score at the bottom of the second: Sea 5 - Tex 2.
And then the Rangers went wild.
At the bottom of the third Cruz homers, sending in Beltre and Young for the tying runs (5-5).
From that point on on Yu became what everyone expected to be, retiring ten players on a row.
Bottom of the fourth, homer by Moreland, with Napoli on base and it's 5-7. Then, bottom of the fifth and Josh Hamilton hit a towering 400+ foot homerun for the 5-8.
It's not over yet!
Bottom of the eight and Ian Kinsler hits another homeroun for the team,.sending in Napoli and Moreland for the 5-11.
Here's the happy ending. The Rangets were able to win 11 to 5 and were able to help a Yu in difficulty. Amazing game.
Full stats here: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/TEX/TEX201204090.shtml
The monstrous hot dog: