Hiroki Kuroda didn’t exactly pitch well for the Yankees tonight, but it didn’t matter as the Yankees offense came alive to lit the Blue Jays starters up in an 11-4 victory in Toronto.
Kuroda continued his streak of poor pitching performances, he has a 5.29 ERA over his last five starts, as he made it through just 5.1 innings and allowed 10 hits while walking a pair.
At a certain point it seemed as if Kuroda could be the Yankees No. 1 starter in the playoffs, but not anymore. More often we are seeing at bats like the home run he gave up to Colby Rasmus where it appeared he was waiting on a specific pitch. Is it the league finally adjusting to his pitch patterns?
This night was about the Yankees offense though. They made up for last night’s shutout by scoring in six out of the nine innings. The breakout inning came in the sixth when Russell Martin, who is now hitting .299/.382/.612 in 19 games since Sept. 3, gave them a 6-1 lead with a three-run homer. Nick Swisher also had a big night going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Eric Chavez also hit a homer in the top of the ninth.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, the Orioles clobbered the Red Sox 9-1 tonight (the Red Sox are really bad lately). So the Yankees lead in the AL East remains just one-game. Their magic number to clinch is now just five though and the O’s still have to play three agaisnt the Rays next week.