Yorvit Torrealba, still sleep-deprived after the birth of his daughter last week, made an alert decision before the Texas Rangers took the field for the first time Saturday.
The catcher told his battery mate, Yu Darvish, that it was the second inning, with the goal of putting the right-hander into the mindset he has taken into all other innings this season except the first.
His ERA in the first inning was 6.88 entering Saturday. It was 3.42 over the other eight.
Darvish, apparently, bought in.
He registered a perfect first frame and showed early that he could command his fastball. The zero came after he had been handed an early lead, and it gave Rangers hitters a chance to quickly strike for more.
They did, en route to their highest run total since late June as the Rangers powered their way to a 9-2 victory over Los Angeles.