Stop me if you've heard this story before. The Yankee starting pitcher gave the team a good start and a great chance to win, but the offense didn't generate nearly enough runs to support him and the other team capitalized by scoring some late runs for a heartbreaking loss.
victim starter was Hiroki Kuroda and he turned in one of his best outings of the season. He held Baltimore scoreless through 5, gave up his only run on a double down the left field line int he 6th that was nearly caught for an out off the bat, and finished 7 strong innings with only that 1 run against him, no walks, and 5 strikeouts. His splitter had a lot of late movement and he had a really good feel for it last night. Once again Hirok has played himself into no-doubt qualifying offer territory.
The offensive output came on 2 swings. Martin Prado, who almost made the great catch at third on the double against Kuroda, hit a 1-2 fastball off Chris Tillman for a solo home run to open the 2nd inning and open the scoring. it wasn't until Brian McCann came up with 1 out in the 9th that the Yanks scored again. McCann got a 2-0 sinker from Darren O'Day that stayed up just enough for him to golf it out. Other than that, there wasn't anything else that resembled a legitimate threat to score.
McCann's shot gave New York a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom half of the 9th. Joe went with his closer, who had pitched in each of the last 2 days and threw 35 pitches on Friday, and D-Rob had nothing. His cutter had no movement and he had no feel for his curveball. He faced 4 Baltimore hitters, 3 of them got hits (Cruz double, Pearce double, Kelly Johnson double) and it was all over.
- Especially biting that the game-winning hit came off the bat of Johnson. Discarded by both the Yankees and Red Sox, 2 of the worst teams in the AL East, he winds up on the team that's going to win it and be playing in October. And to think I was really excited about that signing in the offseason.
- Prado and McCann each went 2-4 with a solo HR last night. The rest of the lineup went 2-21 with 2 BB and 7 K.
- Dellin Betances worked a perfect 8th inning ahead of Robertson and struck out 2 in the inning, giving him 130 strikeouts this season and tying him with Mo's team record. He's already done it in 20+ fewer innings than Mo did, so that record will be broken with ease in the next 2 weeks.
- Chris Young's 6-game hit streak was broken, but he did get on base twice with the 2 walks.