Strong starting pitching has been at the core of the Yankees’ recent hot streak and that’s just what they got tonight. Hiroki Kuroda may not have made it look easy, giving up nine hits and two walks in six innings, but he made the pitches when he had to and limited the...
This was a game that will keep the Braves and their fans mumbling to themselves for quite a while. The Braves had runners on in every inning of the game and stranded thirteen runners. They also hit into a key double-play to void another scoring opportunity. Yankees pitchers put runners on base the entire night but the Braves could not get the hit they needed to capitalize. Kuroda was in trouble nearly every inning. He allowed nine hits and two walks but always came up with a key strikeout when he needed it. Kuroda struck out eight Braves in his six innings.
The Yankee bullpen followed suit. Boone Logan was the first up in the bottom of the seventh. Logan struck out Brian McCann to start the inning but then walked Dan Uggla. Uggla then went to second on a wild pitch. Logan then walked Chipper Jones. With runners on first and second and only one out, Logan then got Jason Heyward to bounce into a fielder’s choice and Eric Hinske popped out to shallow center to end the inning.…
Adams went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI. Gil went 3-3 with two runs scored, a homer and four RBIs. Zoilo Almonte went 2-4 with a double, three RBIs and a stolen base. Mikey O’Brien made the start and went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, three walks and six Ks.
Trenton swept the doubleheader, beating Altoona 2-0:
The game was scoreless through three innings before Trenton scored in the top of the fourth. Zoilo Almonte singled to left and stole second. He scored on Johnson’s single to center. Abraham Almonte led off the top of the sixth with a triple to right, scoring on a single from Jose Pirela, giving the Thunder some insurance, as they took the 2-0 victory. Zoilo went 2-2 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base. He was the only batter with multiple hits. Vidal Nino threw 5.1 innings and kept the Curve scoreless on three hits and a walk, while striking out four. …
|New York Yankees||Atlanta Braves|
|Derek Jeter, SS||Michael Bourn, CF|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||Martin Prado, LF|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||Brian McCann, C|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||Dan Uggla, 2B|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||Chipper Jones, 3B|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||Jason Heyward, RF|
|Nick Swisher, RF||Eric Hinske, 1B|
|Russell Martin, C||Andrelton Simmons, SS|
|Hiroki Kuroda, SP||Tim Hudson, SP|
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m., on the YES...
From a substantive matter, I guess I mostly agree with Cashman. It’s certainly true that the Yankees didn’t really have Joba “bounce around” from the rotation to the bullpen, anymore than any starter who breaks into the big leagues in the bullpen is bounced around, and that has been a common practice in MLB for decades now. To that end, it’s also extremely stupid to say that that cause Joba to need Tommy John surgery in 2011, both because there’s no evidence for that at all and because, by that point, Joba hadn’t pitched out of the rotation since September of 2009. And the point about other teams is certainly true, though I’d politely suggest Cashman take that up with the local media that he happily enables most of the time.
On the other hand, it’s sort of hard to get past the fact that Cashman pulled the plug on Joba as a starter after just one full season in 2009, ostensibly because Joba’s stuff played better in the bullpen (something that Cashman has said publicly).…