That would be never. This was his worst start in the states as far as runs allowed, although “only” six were earned. He gave up 10 hits in 4 2/3, including two homers.
The 39-year-old righty wore down in the second half last year.
Now he’s 2-2. His ERA rose from 4.07 to 5.28.
“I think he’ll figure it out,” Joe Girardi said. “I think he’ll find his stuff and he’ll get sharp for us. He’s been a little up and down this year.”
Kuroda said through an interpreter: “Overall my command was bad and all my pitches weren’t good.”
He especially cited his sinker and slider.
“Right now, there are certain pitches that are inconsistent,” Kuroda said. “I need to make an adjustment and get them back. The biggest thing is to improve the quality of my breaking ball.”
The Yankees didn’t do much with C.J. Wilson’s pitches. The lefty allowed one run and four hits over six.
“He’s got good stuff and he commands the baseball with a lot of movement,” Girardi said.
The Yankees only managed six hits overall.
“We didn’t pitch well,” Brett Gardner said. “We didn’t hit well.”
Bruce Billings allowed four runs and four hits over four innings in relief, throwing 76 pitches. That could mean a roster move. We’ll see.
“He did his job,” Girardi said. “He did what we needed him to do.”
Girardi brought closer Shawn Kelley on with two outs and nobody on in the ninth. Kelley gave up a run and two hits, throwing eight pitches.
“He hadn’t thrown in a while,” Girardi said.
Vidal Nuno gets the start Saturday. I’ll have more on him in my morning post.
Photo by The Associated Press.