Yankees 2, Angels 1: Phew

Hiroki KurodaMood music: High by Sarah Slean So how is everyone feeling right now? Probably a little better than you did during the top of the ninth inning when it looked like the Angels were going to tie and possibly go ahead against David Robertson. Right?

I know I am feeling a lot better!

Let's discuss the man, the myth and the legend #HIROK. This guy is just amazing. He's been the ace of the team since May of last year and it's pretty much a guarantee that you will watch a great performance every time he sets foot on the mound. He's the opposite of Phil Hughes at this point.

What did he do tonight? Oh, nothing, he just tossed eight innings of three-hit, no run ball with one walk and seven strikeouts. I saw him throw a complete game, three-hit shutout back in April against the Orioles and it was something to behold. I actually feel sorry for the people who don't get to watch Kuroda on a regular basis.

Offensively, the Yankees struggled to score - shocker - but they scored just enough for Kuroda to get his 11th win of the season.

Brett Gardner hit an RBI single in the third and Curtis Granderson hit a solo shot in the seventh.

Now, things got hairy in the ninth when Girardi opted to go to the bullpen instead of bringing Kuroda out to finish the game. I understand why, Kuroda was at 107 pitches, but I still wanted to see a complete game.

Boone Logan started the inning off by giving up a single to J.B. Shuck and then getting Kole Calhoun to ground out. Girardi then called upon David Robertson to finish the job.

He ultimately did but man, was that scary or what?

Robertson walked Mike Trout - there was a questionable call in that at bat and Trout probably should have been struck out - then Josh Hamilton doubled on a bloop to left which scored Shuck and moved Trout to third. Robertson then intentionally walked Erick Aybar to load the bases with one out.

(I'm sweating again writing about it.)

Robertson struck out Mark Trumbo for the second out and then after getting to a 3-2 count against former Yankee Chris Nelson and causing most of us watching the game to feel bile rising in our throats, Robertson dispatched Nelson, closed out the game with a swinging strikeout and pumped his fist like a boss.

Phew.

Some notes:

  • From: MLB's twitter account: Kuroda has held an opponent scoreless for 5th time in his last 7 starts and he has an MLB-high nine scoreless starts overall this season.
  • Alex Rodriguez was 1-3 and cheerbooed for the most of the game.
  • Tonight's save was Robertson's first since September 2012 against the Blue Jays
  • New addition thanks to Jeff Quagliata: The Yankees have hit eight home runs over their last five games. They had eight over their previous 22 before that.