The New York Yankees lost to the Houston Astros on Monday night by the score of 4-3. Hiroki Kuroda made his second start and pitched pretty well. He wasn’t so happy with himself though. The Yankees only had five hits. Nick Swisher had an RBI triple.
Kuroda pitched three innings giving up two hits, no runs, two walks and two strikeouts. He said after the game he didn’t have his best stuff and wasn’t so happy. Rafael Soriano struggled a little bit for the first time this spring. Soriano pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up three hits and one run with a strikeout, Juan Cedeno pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up one hit and Cesar Cabral pitched one inning giving up three hits and a run with a strikeout.
Derek Jeter and Ramiro Pena each drew a walk. Robinson Cano had a hit, Melky Mesa had a walk and Swisher had a hit and an RBI. Jose Gil, Dewayne Wise and JR Murphy each had a hit. Murphy and Brandon Laird each had an RBI. Swisher had a triple. The Yankees were 1-9 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base. Wise had a stolen base and Garner had an outfield assist.
Kuroda is the story of this game, he along with CC Sabathia were the only pitchers to have a spot locked up. Joe Girardi announced early on that CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda were in the rotation, he said the other guys have to battle it out for the last three spots. He pitched three scoreless innings. Kuroda though wasn’t happy and said “I don’t think I had all my stuff today.” “Nothing was really consistent. Two-seamer wasn’t there. Cutter wasn’t cutting.” Kuroda had a few more runners on base, he wasn’t throwing as many quality strikes. He wasn’t really throwing his split finger which could be considered his best pitch.
Kuroda is very important to the Yankees. They only signed him to a one year deal for 10 million. He is a veteran though and knows how to pitch. He may have to adjust to the American League but he should be just fine. As of right now he and Sabathia are the only sure things. I think Kuroda fits in nicely as a middle of the pack starter, especially on the Yankees who will provide him with offensive support. It is a little too early to really evaluate anyone but of course it is New York and they don’t wait long.