Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Yankees Take Advantage of Dodgers D
Hiroki Kuroda was cruising through six innings but in the seventh a couple of Dodgers singled and Kuroda allowed two runs to score on an AJ Ellis sac fly and a Jerry Hairston Jr. pinch hit single. Shawn Kelley came into the game and struck out the only batter he faced as Girardi went to Claiborne to begin the eighth. Claiborne was awful as he allowed a two-run home run to Hanley Ramirez who went 4-4 in the game. It would have been a three-run homer if Ichiro didn't make a sparkling play on an Adrian Gonzalez fly ball. Robertson came into the game with one out in the eighth and lose the plate when he walked two batters but was able to get the final two outs on consecutive batters to end the inning and hand the ball over to Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning who struck out two batters in another perfect inning for his twenty-fifth save of the season.
The Yankees will look to sweep the day/night double-header tonight as Phil Hughes will look to pitch a solid game against Chris Capuano and the Dodgers explosive offense. A sweep is tough to accomplish in a double-header but the Yankees were able to do it last September against the Blue Jays. They split their last double-header they played this year against the Indians in Cleveland.