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Postgame notes: “It’s tough when we can’t get him any runs”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Aug 25, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda has pitched at least seven innings in 13 of his past 17 starts. In that time, he’s allowed a first-inning run only twice — including tonight’s three-run homer — after allowing 12 first-inning runs in his first nine starts of the season. Of course, tonight that first-inning homer was too much for the Yankees offense.

The Yankees have lost seven games when their opponents have scored three runs or less this season. Kuroda has pitched four of those games.

“You always want to reward a pitcher for pitching well,” Mark Teixeira said. “And other than the first inning, Hiro was amazing, the way he’s really been all year. It’s tough when we can’t get him any runs.”

Runners left at second and third in the fifth inning. Bases left loaded in the sixth. Bases loaded again in the seventh. The Yankees left eight runners on base in a span of three innings, and those wasted opportunities were the difference in the game.

“We had our chances,” Russell Martin said.

To their credit, all three Yankees outs in the sixth inning were hard hit — Teixeira’s deep sac fly, Eric Chavez’s sharp line drive to third and Martin’s deep fly to right — but it was still a missed opportunity. As was the bases-loaded chance in the seventh, which started with two outs and the bases empty but became a reach chance after two singles and a walk. Teixeira popped out against very good setup man Vinnie Pestano.

Girardi said he liked his team’s at-bats, they just didn’t have the big hit to show for it. But it’s the kind of thing they’d prefer Kuroda not be so used to at this point.

“I just try to focus on whatever I can control,” he said. “Obviously those (low-scoring) games, I have been in several times in my career. But I try to focus on whatever I can do and whatever I can control, and go from there.”

Is that easy to do?

“I try to convince myself,” Kuroda said.

• The Indians had lost nine in a row and they’d scored a total of three runs in their past three games. It was only their second win of the season with five or fewer hits.

• The Yankees have now lost five of their last six road games, including four of five this road trip. They need a win tomorrow to keep from going 1-5 on this trip. This game snapped a streak of 10 consecutive road games in which the Yankees homered.

• This was Kuroda’s third complete game in the past two months, but only one of them has lasted a full nine innings. Despite his strong last seven innings, no one seemed to think Kuroda was especially sharp today. “He was scuffling a little bit with his slider command,” Martin said. “But he had enough of his other pitches. He pitched a great game besides that one pitch. He didn’t have his best stuff today, but he battled through it and kept us in the game the whole game. We just weren’t able to score any runs.”

• Teixiera was asked whether he thought he got a good pitch to hit in that bases-loaded at-bat in the seventh. “Unfortunately, no,” he said. “Pestano’s got dirty stuff. You don’t want to throw out a Mariano comparison with that cutter. I mean, that’s a really tough cutter. He throws it hard. He throws it from a sidearm angle, which is really tough to see. And his numbers show it. His numbers are really good this year.”

• Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano each had two hits today. Cano is a career .345 hitter against the Indians, his highest career average against any AL opponent.

• Jeter has 53 multi-hit games this season, tied for second-most in baseball behind Miguel Cabrera, who has 54. Jeter is hitting .366 in his career at Progressive Field, his highest average at any ballpark (minimum 55 at-bats) and the highest average for anyone in Progressive Field history (minimum 115 at-bats).

• Justin Masterson was good tonight, and he got his 10th win, the first Indians pitcher to reach double digits this year. “He’s always had great stuff,” Teixeira said. “The thing with him is you just have to hit mistakes. He didn’t make many today. That was our problem. When a guy throws 95-96 with some of the best movement in baseball, when he’s on, he’s really good.”

• Girardi nearly came out to argue the call on Ichiro Suzuki’s ninth-inning groundout. It would have brought the tying run to the plate with one out. “I think he’s safe, but what good does it do?” Girardi said.

• Forgot to mention pregame that David Phelps has been officially named the Yankees starter for Monday, taking Ivan Nova’s turn.

• Former Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves has been suspended three games by the Red Sox because of “conduct detrimental to the team.” He apparently wasn’t pleased when Andrew Bailey got a save opportunity.

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24 Responses to “Postgame notes: “It’s tough when we can’t get him any runs””

  1. JobaTipsHisCap August 25th, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    rays and birds cannot wait to play yanks.

  2. igotid88 August 25th, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    How are tough losses and cheap wins calculated? ESPN has 0 tough losses for Kuroda. Would think he would have at least 5. Hughes,CC, and Freddy each have 2.

  3. UnKnown August 25th, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Starting this 6 game stretch yesterday I really wanted them to go 5-1. Going to have to really play some good ball now to do that.

    First just win tomorrow. Pick up a game on the Rays over this weekend series. Get back home up 4 in the division. It would really be bad wasting such a good effort by the A’s at the Trop by not even adding to our division lead and losing this series at Jacobs Field.

  4. Jerkface August 25th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    This is now Kuroda’s 5th loss where he has given up 3 runs or less. And he has 3 NDs in games like that as well. Why can’t they score runs for this guy?

  5. UnKnown August 25th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    JF – It seems hard to pass it off as being coincidental doesn’t it?

    I will say he has been matched up against some very good pitchers this year, but still…

  6. fantasygame101 August 26th, 2012 at 12:03 am

    other than cc, kuroda, robertson, soriano and jeter, they are too inconsistent. Hoping that they will good in enough games to be on the playoff and very good side comes out in the playoff. They can go up against the best pitcher and score more runs than against a mediocre pitcher.

  7. Villa Nova-Ya August 26th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Except for the second game in Chicago, the Yankees have been in a position to win every game they lost on this road trip. The first game they got the offense. The other two winnable games they wasted good pitching performances. This seems to happen way too much this year.

    What keeps me optimistic is knowing that baseball is a game where fortunes can change on a dime. It is not outside the realm of possibility that they could start a run today. Personally I think that turning the calendar page on August will be a positive.

  8. blake August 26th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Bad loss last night…..need this game today….facing a 6 ERA pitcher and a bad baseball team. These are the games you have to win….no excuses….just win.

  9. Bret The Hitman August 26th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Ian Kennedy has a 4.44 ERA. Jeff Karstens and AJ Burnett are outpitching him in the NL.

    So it seems the prize of the Granderson trade was Austin Jackson. And he’s coming back down to earth as well. His OPS has fallen into the 800′s again.

    If the Yankees could spin Granderson in the offseason it would help. I hope Grandy Man tears it up in the playoffs. This offense really needs him.

  10. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Good morning Villa and Blake-

    Title to the post should be “It’s tough when we Never score Him any Runs.”

    1 for 7 with RISP

    Like you said -Get good offense one night but terrible pitching, good pitching and no offense.

    If the Yankees don’t start taking each series from sub .500 teams, they are going to be forced to sweep the Orioles and Rays to even make the playoffs.

    That’s my 2 cents and I’m sticking to it for now!

    BTW-Any word on which team claimed J Upton yesterday?

  11. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Good morning Bret.

  12. Bret The Hitman August 26th, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Chase Headley hit his 22 HR last night. Between Headley, Alonso and Quentin the Padres have some offense to build around.

  13. Bret The Hitman August 26th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Two teams that could make a push for Upton are Texas and Toronto.

    Mornin’ Trader.

  14. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    SB Nation-Baby Bomber Recap 8/25/12:

    Time to promote Eduardo Nunez?

    AAA Empire State Yankees: L 5-9 vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs

    Chris Dickerson 1-4, 2B, BB, K – 12 for his last 35

    Corban Joseph 1-3, 2 BB, K

    Eduardo Nunez 3-5, RBI, K – 16 for his last 48

    Ronnier Mustelier 1-5, RBI, K

    Austin Romine 1-2, 2 RBI, 2 BB, PB

    Brandon Laird 2-5, 2B, RBI

    Melky Mesa 0-4, 3 K – batting .232 with AAA

    Ramon Ortiz 4.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 4 BB, 5 K – 54 of 91 pitches for strikes

    Kelvin Perez 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K

    Rest of NYY minor league teams:

  15. Bret The Hitman August 26th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I would be interested in the other Upton as a buy-low free agent (along with Melky). I’d be happy with a 2 year 18 million dollar deal for BJ Upton and a 2 year 15 million dollar deal for Melky – through 2014. If those guys are going to cost more than that, I’m not interested. Ichiro is still a possibility as a stopgap in RF. Choo is another trade target.

  16. sunny615 August 26th, 2012 at 8:23 am

    It’s a bad sign when you can’t beat the teams you’re supposed to. Whatever the reason, this team is sucking when it comes to getting a hit with RISP and it’s gonna cost them come playoffs. (If they make it – I’m assuming nothing at this point).

  17. blake August 26th, 2012 at 8:25 am

    This offense misses Arod’s presence badly …..they also miss 2011 Granderson badly…..its looking more and more like 2011 was merely a career year for the Grandyman and while hes sfill a homer threat who can play CF hes not the MVP candidate they were counting on and thats disappointing …..

    Once again the pitching has held pretty good….last two games they have lost they have got great pitching and scored a total of 2 runs……

    Jeter, Cano, and Swisher cant do it all……

  18. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2012 at 8:33 am


    I think the offense misses Bret Gardner. They have no-one capable of going 1st to 3rd on a hit to RF, or manufacturing a run. Have we seen Ichiro use his speed?

    “Live by the homer, die by the homer”

  19. blake August 26th, 2012 at 8:37 am

    On a positive note……IF they can get Andy back then at the moment I feel real good about a 4 man rotation they can throw out there in a playoff series….

    But they gotta hit……pitching only wins if you score more runs than the other team…..I like their rotation….but its likely not going to be dominant enough to win a bunch if 2-1 games….its a rotation build to have success with a good offense….to win a bunch if 6-4 and 5-3 games……

  20. blake August 26th, 2012 at 8:41 am


    I think Ichiro is doing an ok Gardner impression ….he doesnt get on base as much…but ok…..I think basically they are a top heavy lineup. Fillled with streqky and flawed hitters……its a good offense….its just not what we are used to as Yankee fans.

  21. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2012 at 8:43 am


    Melky Cabrera will be lucky if Bud Selig doesn’t suspend him for the season.

    Masking agents for testosterone:

    Epitestosterone is prohibited by sport authorities because its administration will lower the urinary testosterone/epitestosterone ratio, a marker of testosterone administration. A definitive method for detecting epitestosterone administration is needed.

    5. MASKING AGENTS AND TECHNIQUES USED TO AVOID DETECTIONThe use of any agent or technique which is designed to avoid detection of a prohibited substance and/or compromise the integrity of a drug test is prohibited. This includes providing false urine samples (for example, urine substitution), contaminating the urine sample with chemicals or chemical products, the use of diuretics to dilute urine samples, the use of masking agents (such as probenecid and related compounds), and/or the use of epitestosterone either systematically or directly to artificially alter the testosterone/epitestosterone ratio.

    The use of any such agent or technique shall be treated as a positive test for drugs prohibited by this Policy and shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Section 15 of this Policy.

  22. blake August 26th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    They did have some BABIP issues last night though …..hut a.lot of balls hard….Martin’s ball either goes out or is off thr wall at YS……but they had other chances and just coukdnt get it done. Cano seems awakening from his slumber though hopefully

  23. Yankee Trader August 26th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    New Post————–>

  24. austinmac August 26th, 2012 at 8:46 am

    The Yankees cannot have Ichiro and Gardner at the corner OF positions. Neither hits well enough or with any power. That is just the wrong, get older move they probably will, but shouldn’t make. Get a young corner outfielder and young 3B.

    Those are my wishes. I doubt either one will be filled and we can watch Ibanez, Jones and Ichiro look a year older.

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