The Yankees swept the Royals today, winning 4-2 on Mother’s Day. The real star of the game was Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda didn’t strike a lot of batters out, fanning just one, but he only walked one as well, limiting the Royals to six hits over 7.2 innings. With that kind of control, you don’t need a lot of strike outs. Kuroda was efficient as well, throwing just 98 pitches. He got into some trouble in the eighth inning, and even got into a verbal spat with the home plate umpire, but none of that was enough to undo a solid performance.
The Yankees got their runs off the long ball, remember that thing the Yankees weren’t supposed to have this season. The Bombers were down one to nothing in the third inning when Robinson Cano put a ball into orbit, sending it 406 feet to right center. Chris Stewart was on at the time. The shot gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Vernon Wells was the next batter. He went back to back with Cano, hitting one just fair 380 feet down the left field line. It was 3-1 Yankees, and the eventual difference in the game. For good measure Wells knocked in another with a single that scored Brett Gardner in the fifth.
David Robertson came on in relief of Kuroda in the eighth and ended a small KC threat. Mariano Rivera came on in the ninth and did his thing. A single found its way through the middle, but the next batter rapped into a double play. The Royals were never in a lazy Sunday baseball game. The Yankees play two tomorrow against Cleveland, both during the daylight hours (who schedules these things?) before coming home on Tuesday to play Seattle.