Kuroda brilliant. Yankees beat the White Sox, 4-0

Granderson started the scoring for the Yankees in the first inning with a blast to right into the second deck. The Yankees scored again in the second inning. Nick Swisher led off the inning with a single. But then Raul Ibanez popped out and Russell Martin struck out. But then Dewayne Wise jumped on a Peavy fastball and drove it into the gap in right-center. Nick Swisher chugged all the way around from first to score.

The game settled into a pitcher’s duel after Wise’s double. But it was Wise again who again provided some fireworks when he hit a solo shot with one out in the fifth inning. Wise’s homer landed half way up the second deck in right field. Peavy then hit Derek Jeter (0-3) with a pitch but no further damaged resulted.

Robinson Cano rounded out the scoring with a solo shot of his own that landed in just about the same spot as Wise’s homer. The homer was Cano’s eleventh in the month of June. Granderson still leads the team with 23 homers. Cano now has 19 with his June burst of power numbers.

The Yankees’ win came after losing the first two games of the series. The two teams will play again tomorrow and the Yankees have a chance to bring the series to a tie.

Notes: Adam Warren‘s rough start last night earned him a trip back to Triple-A affiliate, the Empire State Yankees. D.J. Mitchell was called up to take his place. New York Giants’ head coach, Tom Coughlin, threw out the first ball before the start of the game.

Bronx heroes:

Hiroki Kuroda: What a brilliant afternoon of pitching! Just what the Yankees needed.

Dewayne Wise: The man is on fire!

Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano: Solo homers each and two hits apiece.

David Robertson: It was nice to see him in his role and perform so solidly.

Bronx Cheers:

Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter: Went a combined zero for eleven with six strikeouts, and an A-Rod double-play.

Russell Martin: Martin is sinking again. Zero for three with two strikeouts.

Up Next: 

The Yankees and White Sox will complete their series tomorrow after noon with a 2:05 game start. It will be Phil Hughes facing Gavin Floyd.

About William Tasker

William Tasker grew up in Bergenfield, New Jersey but has lived in New England since 1975 and in the far reaches of northern Maine since 1990. Tasker is the author of nine (non-baseball related) books and, besides writing here for three years, has written for his own site at www.passion4baseball.blogspot.com since 2003.

6 thoughts on “Kuroda brilliant. Yankees beat the White Sox, 4-0

  1. Oh, man, Kuroda has been fantastic. What's everyone's guess as to whether or not he hit Youk to protect Jeter? I'm not sure.

    P.S.: In a useless and unrelated note, last night I had a dream that the Yankees signed Ibanez to a 4 year deal. It was strange to say the least.

  2. I'm one of the few Yankee fans "non-spoiled enough" to appreciate the job that Joe Torre did here…. however, much like Fat Mike Francessa, one area where I parted this Torre was his "we're classier than that" attitude when dealing with the beanballs…

    Yes Girardi has ordered his pitchers to hit opponents when Jeter or Arod have gotten drilled…. and he should have, remember Jeter's entire 2008 season was compromised by Oriole mashers… in the years since he's had some struggles but never because of unfortunate hbp's… gotta credit luck but also girardi

  3. In Martin's defense, the play he made to throw out de aza early in the game was brilliant and diffused what could have been an early rally. Silver lining, folks…