The Yankees needed a good outing from Hiroki Kuroda, who has struggled to start the season. The Yankees also needed their offense to get going after they lost 4-1 last night and let countless RISP opportunities slip away. Brian Roberts was the game changer, hitting a home run in the ninth, leading the Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Angels at Angels Stadium of Anaheim in California.
Kuroda went 7.2 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out eight. Shawn Kelley entered the game a day after throwing 30+ pitches and giving up four walks–and he couldn’t redeem himself as he gave up a game tying single at the time to Albert Pujols, scoring Mike Trout. After the Yankees scored their run in the ninth, David Robertson entered the game and had a 1, 2, 3 inning to give the Yankees the second game of the three game series.
Brian Roberts had a huge game, going 2-for-4 with two RBI’s, including the home run in the 9th. That home run was Roberts first home run of the season and his first as a Yankee.
– Vidal Nuno will take the mound in the rubber match of this three game series, hoping to propel the Yankees to a series victory and a two game winning streak. Hector Santiago will oppose Nuno on the mound for the Angels. First pitch is at 10:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.