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Yankees postgame: Kuroda survives again; Hafner keeps hitting

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 01, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda somehow managed to last seven innings and 108 pitches after throwing 67 in the first three. He has great survival skills.

The 38-year-old righty stranded seven Astros in the first three innings.

“Today, like my last outing, my balance was off mechanically,” Kuroda said. “My release point was off, too.”

But Larry Rothschild made a suggestion — work from the stretch all the time. Kuroda doesn’t like doing that, but he followed what he was told. And he retired 14 of his last 15 batters. He ended up allowing no runs, four hits and four walks, and he fanned eight.  So after this 7-4 win, his April looked like this: six starts, 4-1, 2.25 ERA.

Travis Hafner’s April looked like this: .318, six homers, 17 RBI, 21 hits. The RBI and hit totals were his best in a calendar month since September 2007.

“I think swing-wise, it’s gotten a little more consistent as the season has gone on,” Hafner said. “It’s been great playing here. I’m really enjoying it.”

Joe Girardi is enjoying the view of his new 35-year-old DH: “You just see that his approach is good. He has been great in that four-hole for us. With all the people that we have out, he’s really done a good job in our lineup.”

Ichiro Suzuki is helping out in the lineup again. He went 3 for 5 and is batting .407 (11 for 27) in his last seven games. This run has boosted his average 68 points, from .200 to .268.

Eduardo Nunez started the night at .169, but he had three hits to move to .203. It marked his first multihit game since April 4. He had two doubles, one more than his extra-base hit total for the season coming in.

Mariano Rivera had his best April ever for saves, going 10 for 10 after getting the final out in this game. Does he really have to retire?

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27 Responses to “Yankees postgame: Kuroda survives again; Hafner keeps hitting”

  1. jackamir May 1st, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again, THIS IS A TEAM YOU CAN ROOT FOR. Nunez hustled his ass off and Mo is 10 for 10.. They get contributions from unlikely sources. It’s a team and no primadonnas. I know it is early but with some tweaks and midseason additions they should contend until the end. Fingers crossed.

  2. Nick in SF May 1st, 2013 at 12:35 am

    “Montero is one handsome fella. I’ve always liked the cut of his jib. Why don’t we focus on his boyish good looks for a little while instead of constant hypothetical nincompoopery about him and others…”

    Because… have you taken a gander at our own Francisco Cervelli aka #dreamyeyes???

    Montero is going to need to hit, eventually.

  3. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I am pretty confident that G is the fittest manager in AL East if not the entire American League. Love to see Buck vs G in single combat in case of a tiebreaker. but the… that windbreaker may have few…G probably be 160 favor over Buck. Even money with Farrell and Buck vs G.

  4. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 1st, 2013 at 12:47 am

    yankeehotelfoxtrot says:
    May 1, 2013 at 12:25 am
    Montero is one handsome fella. I’ve always liked the cut of his jib. Why don’t we focus on his boyish good looks for a little while instead of constant hypothetical nincompoopery about him and others, e.g. IPK. Speaking of young Kennedy, he wouldn’t succeed (like he has in Arizona) if he pitched in the AL East, or would he?? Hmmm…

    Anyway, Kuroda looked very strong after the fourth. I didn’t even notice he was pitching from the stretch until about the seventh although starting around the fifth I could tell that he was throwing the two-seamer in the zone and (very effectively) using the slider as his out pitch. What a gritty, veteran move to adjust like that mid-game after realizing his fastball control was shaky. Props to Stewie! Also loved how they utilized their speed; Ichiro and Nunie reaching base so much was a very positive step. Eddie is now over .200! Good team effort. As for your question at the end (about Mo retiring) Chad, I keep asking myself the same thing and am savoring every pitch he throws :)

  5. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 12:50 am

    “Battle not with Angel, lest ye become an Angel, and if you gaze into the paradise, the paradise gazes also into you.”

    Those haunting eyes…

  6. Cashmoney May 1st, 2013 at 12:54 am

    New York, stay sexy?

  7. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 1st, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Nick, Frankie is dreamy too. I wish Jesus well and my gut still tells me that Pineda and/or Campos will be solid SPs.

    As for the primadonna thing, I totally agree. While we all know that Al-Roid is a huge one, I am beginning to wonder if Tex is also. Is he really as nice, kind, generous, etc. as he “seems” or more like the jerk he appears to be in his “Entourage” cameo?

  8. Nick in SF May 1st, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I have high hopes for the young Pineda, but much like the Yo La Tengo concert in Mexico City in August, that’s a long ways away.

  9. Nick in SF May 1st, 2013 at 1:13 am

    And unlike the Yo La Tengo concert in Mexico City in August, we don’t know if it’s really going to happen.

  10. Nick in SF May 1st, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Cespedes with bases loaded, wake your kids.

  11. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 1st, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Ha, well said. A similar analogy: until a few weeks ago it was merely a dream that my 2 favorite bands would play together…this summer, Wilco and My Morning Jacket are touring with Dylan. It’s gonna be incredible!! Maybe those two former Mariner prospects will reach their potential; time will tell.

  12. Nick in SF May 1st, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Jeff Tweedy with Yo La Tengo:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYYXdSQ9Pyo

    Let us also see Michael Pineda with the Yankees.

  13. yankeehotelfoxtrot May 1st, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Nice!! They opened for Wilco in ’09. I saw the Coney Island show at the park where the Brooklyn Cyclones play. Solid! Plus, that YouTube clip is of my favorite Wilco song. Good music & baseball coincidences are positive mojo!

  14. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Where is everyone???

  15. MTU May 1st, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Here I am Doreen.

    :)

  16. tomingeorgia May 1st, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Hi, Doreen, I was asking myself the same question.

  17. tomingeorgia May 1st, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Well, there’s now a quorum.

  18. MTU May 1st, 2013 at 8:43 am

    It’s unusal for everyone to take a Blogcation at the same time.

    ;)

  19. MTU May 1st, 2013 at 8:45 am

    The Yankees are like the Frankenstein Monster.

    Pieced together from spare ballplayers then made to live.

    :)

  20. yanks61 May 1st, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Goood morning Doreen, Tom, MTU

    “I’m pleased with the way these guys are playing,” Girardi said. “They have done a very good job for us. It hasn’t always been pretty but our guys have come up with clutch hits when we needed them.”

    Hafner thinks he knows why the retreads and no-names are having so much success: “They brought in really good dudes.”

  21. tomingeorgia May 1st, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Read on RAB that Musty played 3rd for Tampa last night, but the game was suspended.

  22. MTU May 1st, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Shame they had to bring up Joseph rather than Adams.

    Adams was not available until 5/15 because of some quirky rule about re-signs after waivers.

    And Ronnier isn’t even back w SWB yet.

    That injury must have been signifcant for it to take this long to heal and rehab.

    Luck plays a huge part in every person’s life whether we care to admit it or not.

    ;)

  23. tomingeorgia May 1st, 2013 at 8:55 am

    yanks61,
    Hope printemps finds you well!

  24. Jesus Bustero May 1st, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Ichiro Suzuki is helping out in the lineup again. He went 3 for 5 and is batting .407 (11 for 27) in his last seven games. This run has boosted his average 68 points, from .200 to .268.

    _____________

    Plus he sells Yankees merchandise in U.S. and Japan and makes 6.5 million. When Granderson returns in two short weeks, Ichiro is NOT going to be benched ahead of Gardner.

    Wells – LF
    Granderson -CF
    Ichiro – RF

    Gardner – 4th OF

  25. Doreen May 1st, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Good morning.

    I agree with Hafner!!

  26. MaineYankee May 1st, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Doreen

    All the negative energy here has taken the pleasure from the blog at times.

  27. yanks61 May 1st, 2013 at 9:07 am

    How many teams can lose four of their best four position players, including three of their four top RBI guys, and still be competing at the level the Yanks are right now? The 3rd best % in the AL and 4th best in ML.

    Say what you will about Cashman and company (and folks here always do!), but I think thay’ve done a really fine job in picking up the players they have.

    Of course the Yanks knew that Youk and Pronk were injury risks, but I think the hope was that the could stay healthy enough, long enough, to keep the team above water until the regulars could ride to the rescue.

    Also, maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t get the moaning over the $ spent on Youk. He’s here only one year, am I’m not correct? So he doesn’t impact the budget going forward. And, yes, there were players out there that they might have gotten instead of Youk, but it was my impression that those guys were not interested in the Yanks because they were worried about playing time (?) So, all things considered, the Yanks have – so far – done just fine with the pick ups.

    If they can get Jete, Tex and Granderson back, and keep/get one of Hafner or Youk healthy, as well as having Wells continue his (very delayed!) comeback, this team could be in really good position to win the division this year. But, yes, most of all, the pitching has to stay healthy and effective

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