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Yankees postgame: Kuroda’s inconsistency04.25.14

Hiroki KurodaHiroki Kuroda’s major-league run began with the Dodgers in 2008. How many times had he surrendered eight runs in a start before this 13-1 loss to the Angels?

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.

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Game 23: Yankees (13-9) vs. Angels (10-11)04.25.14

Yankees lineup

1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF

2. Derek Jeter SS

3. Carlos Beltran RF

4. Alfonso Soriano DH

5. Mark Teixeira 1B

6. Brian McCann C

7. Brett Gardner LF

8. Brian Roberts 2B

9. Yangervis Solarte 3B

Hiroki Kuroda RHP


Angels lineup

1. J.B. Shuck LF

2. Mike Trout CF

3. Albert Pujols 1B

4. Raul Ibanez DH

5. Howie Kendrick 2B

6. Ian Stewart 3B

7. Erick Aybar SS

8. Hank Conger C

9. Collin Cowgill RF

C.J. Wilson LHP


Umpires: C.B. Bucknor HP, Hal Gibsonn 1B, Bill Welke 2B, Dan Iassogna 3B

TV/Radio: YES/WFAN 660, 101.9

Weather: Partly cloudy, a chilly 53


Winning ways: The Yankees have won eight of their last 11 and 13 of 20 after starting 0-2.

Hot bats: The Yankees have a major-league best 59 extra-base hits since April 8.


Update, 7:18: Kuroda escapes after allowing two two-out singles.

Update, 7:29: Jeter walks, but otherwise a quiet first against Wilson.

Update, 7:41: Three runs, three hits so far in the second off Kuroda.

Update, 7:53: Infield hit and stolen base by Gardner with two outs, but Roberts goes down looking.

Update, 8:06: Not one of Kuroda’s better days. Two-run homer by Stewart, off the top of the wall in center and over, 5-0. Angels now have eight hits here in the third after Aybar’s single.

Update, 8:18: The Yankees go down 1-2-3. Girardi said they got in at 3 a.m. It looks like it right now. Still time to wake up.

Update, 8:27: Finally a 1-2-3 inning for Kuroda.

Update, 8:37: Wilson continues to look sharp, one infield hit and two walks allowed through four. He came in 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA against the Yankees since joining the Angels’ cause in 2012.

Update, 8:40: Pujols hits a nothing pitch a mile to left, No. 501. It’s 6-0 in the fifth. His ninth homer of April, matches Brian Downing’s franchise record.

Update, 8:48: Beltran botches a fly ball in right, 7-0, Kuroda is done. Billings is on. YES had a stat that seven runs is the most Kuroda has given up in a home start with the Yankees.

Update, 8:51: Conger greets Billings with RBI double, 8-0. This is Billings’ first MLB appearance since he was here with the A’s on Aug. 25, 2011.

Update, 9:00: Gardner singles, Roberts erases him 4-6-3, Solarte pops out, long night for the Yankees.

Update, 9:08: Billings has 1-2-3 sixth with two Ks.

Update, 9:17: The Yankees finally nick Wilson for a run. Single by Jeter, Double by Beltran. Sac fly by Soriano, 8-1 Angels in the sixth.

Update, 9:36: Billings serves up a three-run homer to Aybar, 11-1 in the seventh.

Update, 9:40: Billings gives up a solo shot to Cowgill, 12-1 Angels. They have 14 hits. Angels have a club-record 35 March/April HRs.

Update, 9:44: Wilson is done after six, one run, four hits. Nick Maronde takes over. Pujols comes out as well.

Update, 9:57: McCann playing first base now, among several changes for the eighth.

Update, 10:04: Starting to rain. Good thing there are only about five people left here. Maybe a little more than five, but you get the point. If this were Twitter, it would be #hurryupandfinish Ernesto Frieri is on to pitch the last of the eighth, still 12-1.

Update, 10:18: Shawn Kelley comes on with two outs and nobody on in the ninth.

Update, 10:21: Billings was at 76 pitches, I believe. Kelley gives up a double and an RBI single, 13-1.

Update, 10:33: Yankees lose 13-1.






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