The Yankees got a great performance out of Hiroki Kuroda and the bullpen despite nearly an hour and a half rain delay to beat the Twins 2-0 during a miserable night in the Bronx on Friday.
The Yankees and Twins were scoreless in the fourth inning when the rain stopped the game. It knocked Scott Diamond out of the game which worked out well for the Yankees as they victimized Ryan Pressly for a pair of runs. Both came in the fifth inning on RBI-singles by Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano.
That stood up because of the Yankees pitching staff. Kuroda hung in through the rain and pitched another inning for five shutout innings total. Then came the bullpen. Preston Claiborne, Boone Logan, David Robertson, and Mariano Rivera did what they usually do and tossed shutout innings.
Claiborne ran into trouble as he put two runners on to start the seventh. Logan bailed him out though as he struck out all three batters he faced. He was absolutely dealing.
• The rain was really bad all night. It wasn’t raining to start, but that didn’t last long and with this being the Twins only stop in the Bronx for the rest of the year they were getting this game in no matter what. So, even though it probably didn’t have a lot to do with it, the batter’s should get the benefit of the doubt for only getting six hits. They were bad though.
• Preston Claiborne has been shaky lately with a 7.88 ERA, a 5.6 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9, but he was great tonight. He had all three pitches working and his changeup was especially effective. That’s a good sign.
• With the five shutout innings, Hiroki Kuroda is now leading the American League with a 2.65 ERA. He’s not on the All-Star team by the way.
• Brett Gardner, who went 1-for-3 with a RBI, picked up his 150th career stolen base which puts him passed Phil Rizzuto for 12th on the Yankees all-time list.
Photo credit: (July 11, 2013 – Source: Andy Marlin/Getty Images North America).