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Kuroda brilliant for seven; Overbay comes through in ninth

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 01, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda

Clayton Kershaw just might be the best pitcher in baseball. Tonight Hiroki Kuroda was basically just as good. An L.A. pitcher’s duel wasn’t decided until both starters were out of the game and the Yankees burned through nearly their entire bench in a span of seven at-bats to beat the Dodgers 3-0 heading into tomorrow’s off day. It was pinch hitter Lyle Overbay — facing a lefty who made him look awful on two previous pitches — who came up with the game-winning single with two outs in the ninth. An error allowed two more runs, and Mariano Rivera closed out the dramatic win with with his 34th save. Kershaw went eight scoreless innings with five hits and five strikeouts. Kuroda went seven scoreless with five hits and eight strikeouts. Both were oustanding in a matchup of former teammates. Kuroda was pulled for a pinch hitter with two outs in the eighth. An inning later, Eduardo Nunez pinch ran (for Derek Jeter) and Ichiro Suzuki pinch hit (and was intentionally walked) before Overbay came through with his game-winner. Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig then botched a shallow fly ball, letting a pair of insurance runs score. CC Sabathia was on deck to pinch hit when the ninth inning rally ended.

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18 Responses to “Kuroda brilliant for seven; Overbay comes through in ninth”

  1. UpState August 1st, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Mariano had them “be-fuddled”….(love that word)

  2. UpState August 1st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    That, my good friends – was great baseball !!!

    (yesterday & today)

  3. mnmboys August 1st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Only 3 back of Swisher and Giambi now for 2nd WC. Lol

  4. TheStraw August 1st, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Is it too early to tout Kuroda for a Cy Young? I know Scherzer will win it anyway, but it would be nice to see Hiro get some votes.

  5. Jerkface August 1st, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Great victory

  6. UpState August 1st, 2013 at 1:20 am

    mnmboys August 1st, 2013 at 1:12 am
    Huge win for our half crap lineup. No wonder Cash didn’t make any moves. Lol


    Props to our ‘half crap’ lineup !!!

    The players we expect to carry us (especially against a pitcher like Kershaw)….Gardner, Jeter, & Cano……


  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue August 1st, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Just came back to say – HAPPY AUGUST!

    A new start for our Yanks!

    Good night. No, GREAT night.


  8. UnKnown August 1st, 2013 at 1:25 am

    On days that MO has been meeting the fans he has been getting the save later that night. It’s awesome. Kuroda is magnificent.

    Still in the hunt. 5 teams all hunting for that 2nd wc spot. Need to really pound The Friars. Win more consistently is the key.

  9. NYY_Girl_Penny August 1st, 2013 at 1:25 am

    wow what a game, did i say i like lyle better than tex?

  10. RYUKINGDOM August 1st, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Kuroda continues to dominate for the Yankees, allowing the Yankee win. I would sign him for 2 more years, retire him as a Yankee and letting him scout Japanese pitchers, exclusively for the Yankees. Been in Japan for over 30 years and have seen many good pitchers. Kuroda would know the type of gritty, smart pitcher that is need for the MLB. Case in point, before Uehara came to the MLB, I knew what kind of pitcher he would turn out to be. Many Yankee fans wanted nothing to do with Japanese pitchers, because of Igawa. Our scouting is not top notch here in Japan. Everyone knew how good Matsui would be since his high school days. That was a no brainer. Everyone knew.

  11. XLJ07 August 1st, 2013 at 1:27 am

    LOL @ Mattingly taking Kershaw out after only 97 pitches… Moron

  12. J. Alfred Prufrock August 1st, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Kuroda absolute nails as usual, and yes we need to bring him back.

    I hate the Dodgers. 77 & 78 were great & feel like yesterday, but so does the sting of ’81.

    Dodgers suck ( Of course, Donnie, who is a Yankee at heart, is excluded).

  13. 4 NYY August 1st, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Bet Pat M enjoyed this !!!

  14. JimK August 1st, 2013 at 2:00 am

    Yankees next 6 games against “weak” opponents, how they Y’s do in these games should go a long way towards determining if the Y’s are really in the hunt for a playoff spot.

  15. yankeepankee August 1st, 2013 at 3:11 am

    Yanks need to be smarter.
    Kuroda has a great splitter.
    Sign him for next year too.
    And have him teach the pitch to young Yank pitchers who need a strikeout pitch.
    They should also have David Cone, in the YES booth, teach it.
    Hughes would have been a much better pitcher with the splitter as a strikeout pitch.
    Phelps, Warren, Claiborne, Marshall, etc..can use the pitch.
    What do you think, folks?

  16. moctezuma August 1st, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Hughes needs a splitter

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