Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/8/12
Not everyone was enamored with Yu Darvish's debut on Wednesday. Especially one of the two men to get a hit off the Japanese phenom during his first start of spring training, San Diego Padres outfielder Will Venable. During the post-game press conference, Darvish said that he thought the conditions aided the two hits that he gave up in two innings. "With the dry air in Arizona and the wind blowing out, it carried the ball," Darvish said through an interpreter. "It didn't seem like a ball that was hit that squarely." Venable was a guest on "The Darren Smith Show" on XX 1090 in San Diego on Thursday and was told about the quote. Venable had his own thoughts on what happened. "I think the wind saved it from being a home run," Venable said. "I also heard that he didn't think I hit it squarely. If that's the case, I don't think anyone has squared off a ball off of him. That's as well as I could hit a ball, to be honest. I don't know if something was lost in translation there. "I would have liked to hear a little more humility from the guy. To each his own. He's a confident guy. Of course I didn't square up a ball because he's Yu Darvish." Venable smashed a double off of the center field wall in the second inning, the second double given up by Darvish on the day. Darvish finished the game with out giving up a run in his two innings and striking out three.
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