Monday, August 12, 2013
Kuroda Sparkles in Tight Win
The game became dicey in the ninth inning when Girardi mixed and matched to collect the win. Boone Logan promptly allowed a lead-off single before striking out the next batter. Robertson was next in line as Girardi did not intend to use Mariano Rivera after throwing 23 pitches yesterday. Robertson walked Trout, which was probably smart. Following the Trout walk, Josh Hamilton hit a double to score JB Shuck to make the game very interesting. Robertson then intentionally walked Erick Aybat, who has killed the Yankees in his career. Mark Trumbo who has been struggling lately, struck out. The final batter was former Yankee Chris Nelson, who worked the count to 3-2 and whiffed on a fastball high and out of the zone to give Robertson his first save of the season and the Yankees their 60th win of the year.
The offense scratched out two runs today, with the second run coming in very handy. Brett Gardner scored the first run of the game with a single that scored Eduardo Nunez from second base in the third inning. Curtis Granderson then homered in the seventh inning to give the Yankees more breathing room that they would ultimately need to win the game. Garrett Richards pitched a hell of a ballgame, tossing eight innings himself but would walk away as the hard-luck loser.
The Yankees are winning these tight games, which is what they will need to continue doing if they want to get the second wildcard down the stretch. Tomorrow, CC Sabathia will try to ride the Yankees to their third straight win. Sabathia pitched well in his last start against the White Sox but left with a no-decision after Mariano Rivera blew the save. Jason Vargas will pitch for the Angels as they try to take back a game from the Yankees, who are beginning a bit of a hot streak.