I guess it’s a good thing this was a game against the Houston Astros because if the Yankees were facing another team, a better one, I’m not sure this win would have been possible.
Hiroki Kuroda, even though he didn’t give up any runs, had a rough first three innings and again, was lucky he was facing the Astros. He settled down and retired 11 of 12 batters after the third inning. He gave up only four hits in seven innings, walked four and struck out eight. He finished with 4-1 record in April and a 2.25 ERA. He’s 3-0 in his last three starts with a minuscule 1.23 ERA.
Another great stat for Kuroda from those last three starts? He’s averaging 7 1/3 innings.
The Yankees offense was able scratch and claw their way to some early runs and they had a 4-0 lead heading into the eighth inning when David Robertson came in. Robertson got two outs then gave up two runs on a home run by Chris Carter.
The Astros, with the help of Yankee reliever Shawn Kelley, made things interesting in the ninth inning when Jose Altuve hit a two-run double to make it 7-4 and to set up a save situation for Mariano Rivera.
Rivera, who was 9-9 in save opportunities in April, made it 10-10 with an easy five pitch appearance to end the game.
The rubber game is tomorrow and features Erik Bedard (0-2, 7.98 ERA) and David Phelps (1-1, 5.29 ERA) who is stepping in for the injured Ivan Nova.
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