Darvish Takes Another No-Decision In Cubs' Loss

Yu Darvish has 10 straight no-decisions, a club record.

Bruce Levine
June 21, 2019 - 6:30 pm

CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- In what's become a head-shaking statistic, Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish extended his club record by taking his 10th straight no-decision in his team's 5-4 loss to the Mets at Wrigley Field on Friday afternoon. 

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That's the longest such streak in MLB since the Phillies' Randy Lerch encountered the same fate in 1977. Darvish went six innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on four hits and two walks while striking out six. He was hurt by allowing a two-run homer to Jeff McNeil in the third inning and a solo shot to Michael Conforto in the sixth inning, the latter of which tied the game at 4-all.

"I need 10 consecutive wins," Darvish said. "I really want to compete. The no-decisions are weird. I am not winning or losing. It is just weird."

Darvish did some handiwork himself with the bat, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run. But he wasn't good enough on the mound to earn the win.

"My fastball was not too good," Darvish said. "I mixed up pitches with my cutter and slider. I would say I was just OK." 

"I really don't care about being a good hitter. I want to be a good pitcher."

Darvish and the Cubs squandered leads of 2-1 and 4-3.

"I know I give up too many runs after we score," Darvish said. "I really tried to concentrate on my pitches to Conforto. He just hit it well."

In another crazy fact, Darvish remained winless in the 11th start at Wrigley Field of his Cubs tenure. He had three starts there in 2018 before landing on the injured list for the rest of the season and hasn't earned a win at home this year, going 0-2 with a 5.90 ERA in eight starts.

"He has pitched well enough to win," manager Joe Maddon said. "We need to be a little more offensive ourselves and get over the top in these situations. He has to get into more shutdown innings. If we are able to do that, the wins will start popping up."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.