He is one win away from his career-high 16 wins set in 2012, his first year in the majors.
■ Padres 6-1 D-backs (19th time Japan, Arizona)
Padres pitcher Yu Darvish notched his 15th win against the Diamondbacks on the 18th (19th Japan time). When he stepped up to the starting mound for the 28th game this season, he pitched well with 1 hit and no runs in 6 innings. Recorded the 23rd quality start (QS) for the National League alone. The Padres won 6-1, and Darvish was just one win away from his 16 career big wins that he set in 2012, his first year in the majors.
Darvish stood well in enemy territory. In the first inning, when he suddenly took away two inconsiderate strikes and showed the beginning of a three-way retreat, he struck out four in a row until two deaths in the second inning. Although he allowed one hit with one strikeout in the fifth inning and although he did interrupt the hitless pitching, it was the only hit he allowed that day. In the 5th inning, the bases were loaded with 2 outs, which was also tied to an ally error, but Perdomo fouled out and struck out to get it through.
In the 6th inning, Darvish gave up 94 pitches, holding all three back safely. Achieved QS in 6 consecutive games with 3 earned runs or less in 6 innings. The Padres took the lead with Machado’s 29 2 run in the first inning and Soto’s solo in the 5th inning, winning comfortably 5-0. Darvish notched his 15th win, making it his fifth in a row.