Hiroki Kuroda was knocked out of the game in the third inning after getting hit with a line drive in the calf and the Yankees offense could not make up for his absence as the Orioles went on to win 6-3 to win the series in Camden Yards Wednesday.
Kuroda had already given up a pair of homers in the first inning that made it 3-0 when he entered the third. He gave up a leadoff double to Adam Jones before Chris Davis lined a shot off his calf. Preston Claiborne came in for relief and promptly gave up a three-run Matt Wieters homer that made it 6-1.
The Yankees got a run in the fifth on Curtis Granderson‘s first homer of the year and another in the ninth off David Adams‘ second homer of the season. Obviously it wasn’t enough though as Jason Hammel kept a comeback out of reach.
After the game Joe Girardi said it was a bruised right calf and said that he would be shocked if Kuroda missed his next start. He said that they wouldn’t know for sure if Kuroda would miss a start though and will wait to see how he feels over the next few days.
• That homer ended a nine inning scoreless streak to start off Claiborne’s career. His ERA is still just 0.82 though and he has eight strikeouts and no walks in 11 innings overall.
• Adam Warren pitched four shutout innings of relief. His ERA is now 1.14 on the season with a 6.5 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.
• Curtis Granderson went 3-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk and two runs scored. Easily his best game since coming back and he raised his line to .269/.321/.423 in seven games.
• Robinson Cano went just 2-for-11 against the Orioles with one home run and two walks. That’s not terrible, but the team relies on him to carry a large load of the offense so it’s not surprising to see the Yankees lose the series with that batting line.
• Vernon Wells has struggled a little recently as well. Nothing serious, but he’s gone eight games without a multi-hit game and has hit just .222/.300/.407 over that span. Like Cano, that’s not horrible, but the Yankees have dropped the past two out of three series over that span and he was a major contributor early on this season.
• How about David Adams? In seven games he’s hitting .308/.333/.615 with two homers. He’s going to make it hard for the Yankees to send him down after players come off the DL. His inability to play shortstop will hurt him though.
• Reid Brignac is still looking for his first hit as a Yankee and is 0-for-6 in Pinstripes so far.
• The Mets and Red Sox are coming to the Stadium next week so be sure to pick up your Yankees tickets.
Photo credit: (May 21, 2013 – Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America).