NEW YORK (PIX11)—Newly acquired Hiroki Kuroda's tenure thus far in Pinstripes has had mixed results. He pitched poorly in his first start of the season, but then rebounded with a strong outing in New York's Home Opener. Then it was followed by good game, bad game well you get the picture.
However, it seems like this up and down cycle is going to start remaining more up than down.
After pitching well in Texas in his previous start, even though he suffered the loss, Kuroda was even better last night in the Bronx has he held Baltimore to only one run as the Yankees defeated the Orioles 2-1.
"I thought he pitched effectively inside," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said told Yankees.com. "I thought his slider was good tonight. The only walk that he had scored. He attacked the zone all night, and I thought he was effective"
Kuroda only gave up 4 hits over the 7 inning effort, striking out three and lowering his season ERA to 3.69.
Kuroda had to be near perfect because the Yankee offense was being stifled themselves by the Oriole pitchers. Mark Teixeira was the only Yankee to have a multi-hit game (going 2-3) and replacement third baseman Eric Chaves provided all the scoring the Yankees needed by blasting a 2-run homer in the second inning.
"I kind of do feel like I'm in a good little groove, but I know what my role is," Chavez said. "I'm never going to change my view on that. I don't expect it to change. When it goes back to normal and Gardy gets here, whenever I play, I just hope to be productive"
With Freddy Garcia being demoted to the bullpen, Phil Hughes being inefficient, and Michael Pineda suffering a season ending injury, it is imperative for Kuroda to continue to have starts like these if New York wants to remain playoff contenders.
"Like I say always, if the team wins, I'm really satisfied," Kuroda said told Yankees.com. "If I pitch well and the team wins, there's nothing I can ask more"