Eduardo Nunez really shouldn’t be the story of this game. Hiroki Kuroda, Mike Teixeira, Eric Chavez, and the Yankee bullpen all had great games, and Eduardo Nunez was just playing a new position. But really, what image are you going to remember about this game a few days from now? For me, its Eduardo Nunez stumbling his way toward fly balls in the outfield, but still managing to catch them for outs.
Nunez’s dangerous play out in left was just one ostensible indicator that Hiroki Kuroda, while effective, was getting lucky in the field. He put a lot of fly balls to the Yankee defense, but managed to bend-but-not-break his way toward a one-run, seven-inning performance. Lucky or not, I’ll take that. The Yankees, Curtis Granderson in particular, got big outs for Kuroda when he needed them. It serves me right for writing about how bad the Yankee defense was just eight hours ago. Kiroda’s willingness to throw strikes and put the ball in play got him past the 7th inning in just 87 pitches, which should be a sign of good things to come.… Click here to read the rest