Saturday, August 23, 2014

Kuroda Solid as Yankees Beat White Sox Again

Hiroki Kuroda tossed 6 innings of two-run ball and Martin Prado collected three hits and a two-run double today as the Yankees beat the White Sox again, 5-3, in the middle game of this three game set. 

Early in this one, as usual, Kuroda struggled to get men out, surrendering three doubles and a run to the first seven guys he faced.

Nonetheless, after a Chase Headley double play tied it in the second and Prado connected on the aforementioned double in the fourth Kuroda looked dominant, with a top of the fifth single by the always-dangerous Jose Abreu acting as the only other concern on his six-strikeout line.

Indeed, the 39-year-old put together another quality outing this afternoon, but still, when he left the Yanks were only up by one, meaning that things weren't quite over yet. 

Thankfully, though, they would be in the bottom of the sixth, as Carlos Beltran homered and Stephen Drew contributed a sac fly in that at-bat, knocking Chicago's Scott Carroll (6 IP, 4 ER) out and eventually setting David Robertson up for his 34th save of the season.

Yes, in their half of the seventh the Sox rallied for a nerve-wracking run off Shawn Kelley, but since Dellin Betances was still able to pick up the slack against Adam Dunn that rebellion was quickly crushed, a fortunate happening that seemed to kill the vistors' remaining momentum. 

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