Monday night’s game was a particularly bad one considering how bad the Astros are so the Yankees needed a good bounce back win and got one thanks to Hiroki Kuroda who lead them to a 7-4 victory Tuesday night.
Kuroda blanked the Astros over seven innings. They weren’t the prettiest innings, but he always managed to escape each time and settled down later in the game. His final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 0 HR.
The Yankees offense did it’s part starting with two RBI-singles by Travis Hafner in the first and third innings that made it 2-0. They they scored two more in the fourth and then tacked on three in the bottom of the third that made it 7-2. Those tack on runs were big too as Shawn Kelley allowed two more runs in the ninth before Mariano Rivera bailed him out.
• David Robertson pitched the eighth. He was sharp, but in between a pair of strikeouts there was a single and a home run. D-Rob’s ERA is up to 4.22, but he’s got 11 strikeouts and two walks in 10.2 innings. His WHIP is 1.03, batters have hit just .220/.256/.366. That’s a good sign that over time his ERA will go down.
• Shawn Kelley’s outing was ugly. He gave up two runs on three hits and got just two outs. Kelley is the proud owner of a 7.84 ERA. He also has a 13.1 K/9, a 3.5 BB/9, but batters have a .674 slugging percentage against him.
• Ichiro had a much needed big game as he went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. That brings him up to .268/.315/.329 on the season.
• Travis Hafner went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s. Joe Girardi better pray that he stays healthy because he’s hitting .318/.438/.667 so far this year.
• Eduardo Nunez went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He’s been absolutely terrible at the plate for the most part this season so that was big. He’s up to .203/.296/.246 now.
• Chris Stewart got a pair of hits too. For a guy we expect nothing out of offensively, he hasn’t been a total zero; he’s just got no power. He’s at .294/.333/.382.
(April 29, 2013 – Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)