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Pitching Gets It Done: Kuroda, Robertson Stymie Angels

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- Hiroki Kuroda’s starts are beginning to become must-see events, and not just for the hardcore New York Yankees’ fan, as the Pinstripes arguably best pitcher flirted with a complete game shutout in a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Going eight innings strong, Kuroda allowed just three hits, walked only one batter, and struck out seven Halo’s while throwing a game-high 107 pitches.

“He kept us off balance,” said Angels’ center-fielder Mike Trout of Kuroda. “A lot of fastball counts, he threw off-speed and, like I said, kept us off balance.”

Kuroda [11-7] now leads the Majors with nine scoreless starts this season, and has tossed at least seven innings without allowing a run in 14 of his 57 starts since joining the Yankees in 2012, the most in the Majors over the past two seasons.

New York scored its first run in the bottom of the third inning off L.A. starter Garrett Richards [3-5] on an RBI-single into left center-field that moved shortstop Eduardo Nunez from second base to home plate to make it 1-0 Yankees.

Curtis Granderson hit his first home run of the season at Yankee Stadium, and his third overall, in the bottom of the seventh inning to double the Yankees lead to 2-0.

“I’m getting there,” Granderson said. “There’s no way to mirror the four months I missed. The timing is not there right now.”

 

Granderson has now homered 11 times in 10 of his last 16 games against the Angels.

Richards went the distance in the loss, going for a complete game, while surrendering two earned runs off seven hits in eight innings in his second career appearance in Yankee Stadium.

“Garrett was terrific,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I thought he had really good stuff: mixed in his breaking pitches with his fastball. That was a terrific game for Garrett.”

Richards’ first start in the Bronx occurred in 2011, which also happened to be his Major League debut, a loss as well.

The Angels got one run back to make the score 2-1 in the top of the ninth inning off of Yankees reliever David Robertson. With one out, a Josh Hamilton RBI-double into left-field scored L.A. designated hitter J.B. Shuck from second base.

Hamilton, who finished 2-for-4, extended his road hitting streak to seven games with his double in the second inning.

Robertson would strike out Mark Trumbo and Chris Nelson to end the game, earning his sixth career save and his first of the season.

“A little different,” said Robertson on going in for the save instead of Mariano Rivera. “It’s not easy to pitch when the crowd’s chanting ‘We want Mo!’ when you’re warming up.”

“It was time for Robby [David Robertson] to close, which he did good, too,” Rivera said.

The Yankees said there were no health concerns, and that Rivera could pitch, but was given the day off.

“Mo’s never going to back out on a situation. Never,” Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi said. “And that’s where a pitching coach and a manager — you have to manage a player. Sometimes they just need a day no matter if they want to go out there a lot.”

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