Thursday, May 1, 2014

Offense dead in second straight loss to Mariners

Hiroki Kuroda gave up 3 earned runs in 6 innings of work and the offense struck out a total of 12 times against Seattle's pitching staff tonight as the Yankees were swept by the Mariners in this rain-shortened series' finale, 4-2. In this start, Kuroda, a guy getting paid $16 million this season to put up an ERA over 4.00, really struggled early on, giving up all 7 of his hits and all 3 of his runs in the first 3.2 frames before bouncing back late to unimportantly retire the last seven hitters he faced. 

Anyway, the Yanks offense struggled to do anything this evening against M's Starter Roenis Elias, scoring just one earned in 7 at-bats when CF Jacoby Ellsbury led off the bottom of the first with his first home run of the year. After that, the Bombers would circle the bases one more time in the sixth, when Brian McCann singled home Alfonso Soriano to shorten Seattle's lead to just two.

Besides those guys, Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley also gave this game's unhappy attendants something to cheer about, tossing 1.2 and 1 scoreless innings of relief respectively. With that no-hit, one-strikeout performance, Warren's ERA this season is now impressively just 1.72, to go along with a decent 1-1 record.

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