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Kuroda weathers the storm for Yankees

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 12, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda

In his final start before the All-Star break, Hiroki Kuroda finished off a compelling case that he should have been chosen for the American League’s pitching staff. In a start that could have gone wrong in several ways, Kuroda delivered five scoreless innings for a 2-0 Yankees win against the Twins. Despite a 73-minute rain delay, Kuroda came back out to pitch the fifth inning. Despite allowing eight base runners, he kept Minnesota off the board. Kuroda’s ERA is down to 2.65, the lowest in the American League. The Yankees offense, which had just one hit before the fourth-inning delay, finally scored in the fifth. Brett Gardner had the go-ahead hit, then he scored on a two-out single by Robinson Cano. The Yankees bullpen made that narrow lead hold up, getting three pivotal strikeouts from Boone Logan in the seventh — he had to face both Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau with two on — and getting a scoreless ninth from Mariano Rivera, who now has 30 saves.

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40 Responses to “Kuroda weathers the storm for Yankees”

  1. Jerkface July 12th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Kuroda :cool: I think he went out for the 5th just for the off chance he’d get a win.

  2. Mordot11 July 12th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Good win. Two more to go before the break and it will have been one hell of a first half. Now let’s hope the As can score a few and beat the Sox a couple times this weekend.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 12th, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I vultured this win! Got to watch the last inning and a half.

    Yanks once again on a roll.

    :)

    Night all.

  4. Tar July 12th, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    “Kuroda I think he went out for the 5th just for the off chance he’d get a win.”

    I think so too. And I also think it was kind of cool for Joe to let it happen.

  5. Triple Short of a Cycle July 13th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    It is a joke that Kuroda wasn’t selected to the All Star game

  6. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 13th, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Tar – the LAST person Comnsnse is, is WCYF!!! WCYF was never that erudite and I guess they both posted in the past on the Daily News and were arch enemies. Anyway, WCYF got bounced here continually because he couldn’t refrain from calling me names. This is NOT WCYF.

    Why is it that when I enjoy someone who may not be a favorite of yours, or someone else’s, I’m the one being naive? Maybe you have it wrong Tar. I am not being naive. Just enjoying his posts and the way he handles some of the more “entitled” (IMO) posters here.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 13th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    But I like you buddy. So that all that should count to you!

    Night Tar.

    :D

  8. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 13th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    “It is a joke that Kuroda wasn’t selected to the All Star game”

    Absolutely.

    :(

  9. Against All Odds July 13th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Tar – the LAST person Comnsnse is, is WCYF!!! WCYF was never that erudite and I guess they both posted in the past on the Daily News and were arch enemies. Anyway, WCYF got bounced here continually because he couldn’t refrain from calling me names. This is NOT WCYF.

    ———————-

    It could just a ploy.

  10. Against All Odds July 13th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    be a ploy**

  11. tucker July 13th, 2013 at 12:09 am

    Kuroda has had enough victories snatched from him this year. He should be able to enjoy this abridged win.

  12. blake July 13th, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I really hope they can convince KURODA to come back next year…..he’s a stud.

    Wish we could always play the twins ….nice win…..only 2 runs but nice win.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue July 13th, 2013 at 12:11 am

    BTW – Oakland has tied up the game.

    GO A’S!!!

    :)

  14. chicken_stanley July 13th, 2013 at 12:13 am

    blake says:July 13, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I really hope they can convince KURODA to come back next year…..he’s a stud.

    —-

    You’re right… when he was signed, I had no idea he would be the stopper he is. IMO he’s been an ace for 2 years… Aces don’t grow on trees

  15. jlyanks85 July 13th, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Kuroda really should have at least 11 wins. The game where he outpitched Harvey, this past Sunday vs the orioles and the 18 inning game vs the a’s should of been wins instead of no decisions if we could of just scored some runs for him.

  16. chicken_stanley July 13th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    For those of you on the post-game thread last night: I think I’m gonna savor this victory with a couple of cold ones and a pecan log

  17. Tar July 13th, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Trish

    You don’t know that person and you are being naive. Why is he stalking Blake and Nick?

    Look I could go on and on about why I think the way I do, but I will just say this. If he’s not WCYF he might as well be. Because its going to turn out the same way.

  18. Tar July 13th, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Kuroda pitching has become must see games for me.

    For those that have watched him a lot prior to coming to the Yankees… has he always been this good? The Dodgers were crazy to let him escape.

  19. tucker July 13th, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Would be great to get another year of Kuroda, though maybe he wants to go somewhere with a legit shot to win — like his former employer, the Dodgers.

  20. Jerkface July 13th, 2013 at 12:24 am

    For those that have watched him a lot prior to coming to the Yankees… has he always been this good? The Dodgers were crazy to let him escape.

    Yes, he was very good from the outset and kind of unheralded as he came over as a free agent just a year after matsuzaka and igawa signed. He got hit in the head with a fairly scary comebacker in his 2nd year but other than that he has basically gotten better each year.

    He reminds me of El Duque in that I think both of those guys could pitch in any league in the world and excel, they don’t have a comfort zone outside of the pitching mound itself, where ever that may be.

  21. chicken_stanley July 13th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    tucker says:July 13, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Would be great to get another year of Kuroda, though maybe he wants to go somewhere with a legit shot to win — like his former employer, the Dodgers.

    ——

    I may have dreamed it but I seem to remember that Kuroda wants to pitch at least one more year in Japan. I would love to have him back but I wouldn’t bank on it

  22. jackamir July 13th, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Ibanez has 2 homers tonight and 24 on the season.

  23. Tyler July 13th, 2013 at 12:31 am

    I don’t really see Matt Thornton as a huge upgrade for Boston. I think Chicago did pretty good coming away with Brandon Jacobs.

  24. Jerkface July 13th, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I may have dreamed it but I seem to remember that Kuroda wants to pitch at least one more year in Japan. I would love to have him back but I wouldn’t bank on it

    He’ll be able to pitch in japan even if he is in his mid 40s, so while I think each year the chance of him going back over get higher, I don’t know if he would leave the majors while he is pitching so well right now.

    Teams in the NPB are fairly loyal to their older players, as they are big draws and fan favorites. There is not really much parity in the NPB, so ‘winning’ isn’t always the big draw for some teams.

  25. Tar July 13th, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Thanks JF

    I keep thinking back on that article you posted, specifically about his little scouting report book.

  26. Tyler July 13th, 2013 at 12:35 am

    jackamir July 13th, 2013 at 12:28 am
    Ibanez has 2 homers tonight and 24 on the season.
    ———————————————————————-

    He’s been the one guy that I wished the Yanks kept. I was for letting Swisher and Martin walk but Ibanez would be an awesome upgrade at DH over Hafner. He might even have a few more HR’s with the short porch.

  27. jlyanks85 July 13th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Ibanez was one of the best clutch hitters last year and money in the playoffs. Yanks weeper fools to let him walk, and his replacement hafner has been awful.

  28. Tyler July 13th, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Wow just saw that throw by Hicks. Might be the best throw I’ve seen since Ankiel a few years back.

  29. chicken_stanley July 13th, 2013 at 12:41 am

    Jerkface – thanks. I hope you’re dead on… He’s among the top handful of starters in mlb… Yankee fans may not realize how good he’s been (IMO)

  30. Tar July 13th, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Tyler

    Which Yankee made that incredible throw from RF a couple of years ago? It was on a tag up play. I cant remember who it was, but that was an awesome throw as well. Maybe better than tonights because of its accuracy.

  31. chicken_stanley July 13th, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Tar says:July 13, 2013 at 12:44 am

    TylerWhich Yankee made that incredible throw from RF a couple of years ago? It was on a tag up play. I cant remember who it was, but that was an awesome throw as well. Maybe better than tonights because of its accuracy.

    —-

    Was it by chance Greg Golson vs Tampa Bay?

  32. Tyler July 13th, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Tar-

    Believe it was Greg Golson. What made it all the more impressive was that he gunned out Crawford going to 3rd. That was unbelievable also.

  33. Tyler July 13th, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Was it by chance Greg Golson vs Tampa Bay?
    ——————————————————–

    Beat me to it, haha.

  34. chicken_stanley July 13th, 2013 at 12:49 am

    The play I’m thinking about was Crawford tagging from 2nd on a fly to right… may not br the one you’re thinking of

  35. CompassRosy July 13th, 2013 at 12:49 am

    jackamir July 13th, 2013 at 12:28 am
    Ibanez has 2 homers tonight and 24 on the season.

    ~ ~ ~

    Seattle Mariners ?@Mariners
    #Mariners are first AL team to homer in 20+ consecutive games since Texas set a MLB record with a 27-game streak in 2002.

    whodathunk?
    Now, if they could just hit more singles and doubles ;-)
    (oh – and fix their bullpen)

  36. chicken_stanley July 13th, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Tyler – sorry. I need to learn “speak when spoken to”

  37. Tyler July 13th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    I believe that Golson’s throw was the final out too. Might have been a 1 run game too at the time. I just remember thinking if Crawford really should have taken that chance.. with this speed he’s scoring from 2nd easily. Maybe set up a wild pitch but it seemed like a dumb play even with the ball deep and forcing a perfect throw from Golson.

  38. Tyler July 13th, 2013 at 12:54 am

    chicken_stanley July 13th, 2013 at 12:51 am
    Tyler – sorry. I need to learn “speak when spoken to
    —————————————————————————

    ?

    I wasn’t mad about it, haha. Always up for good baseball talk.

  39. chicken_stanley July 13th, 2013 at 12:57 am

    Tyler says:July 13, 2013 at 12:52 am

    I believe that Golson’s throw was the final out too. Might have been a 1 run game too at the time. I just remember thinking if Crawford really should have taken that chance..

    —-

    My memory jibes exactly with yours

  40. Tar July 13th, 2013 at 1:00 am

    That was it Golson’s throw.

    Thanks guys

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