Hiroki Kuroda was at his best and gave up just five hits over nine shutout innings as the Yankees beat the Orioles 3-0 to take two-out-of-three against the O’s in the Bronx this weekend.
Kuroda’s splitter looked great as he generated 21 ground balls to just four fly outs. He struck out five and didn’t walk a single batter. The Orioles never so much as got two runners on all night and the only time a runner reached scoring position was with two outs in the ninth.
Kuroda’s final line: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR. He has a 2.87 ERA, a 6.9 K/9, and a 2.9 BB/9 in 15.2 innings so far.
• Chris Davis, who entered the game hitting .400/.500/1.000, struck out swinging to end the game. That was his third strikeout during an 0-for-4 night against Kuroda.
• The Yankees got all their runs in the bottom of the fifth. Brennan Boesch started that inning with a single to right and scored on a Jayson Nix sac fly to right to make it 1-0. In the next at bat Brett Gardner smacked a two-run shot to right that made it 3-0.
• After a slow first couple of games, Gardner is now hitting .244/.333/.422 after going 1-for-4. He still doesn’t have any stolen bases and has been caught twice.
• That was all the Yankees offense would do the rest of the night. They did get a brief rally going in the seventh when Cervelli walked and Nix singled, but T.J. McFarland escaped the jam.
• Brennan Boesch got just his third start of the season. He made the most of it too going 2-for-3 with a run scored. He improved his line to .313/.313/.625.
• Ben Francisco made his first start since Opening Day and went 0-for-4. He’s now 0-for-8 with one walk on the season.
• Francisco Cervelli got the start tonight. He improved on his hot start by hitting 1-for-2 with a walk. His line is now .360/.500/.520.