Great Start for Hiroki Kuroda in Game 3 of ALDS

October 9, 2012 – Even though Andy Pettitte and the Yankees lost Game 2 of the ALDS, I lauded the pitcher’s effort.  He only gave up three earned runs in seven plus innings, despite seeing the leadoff guy reach base on errors in two consecutive innings.

As I watched Hiroki Kuroda tonight, I couldn’t help but to think about how similar of an effort he gave the Yankees in comparison to what Pettitte did earlier this week.

The circumstances were different. Pettitte took on the Orioles on the road, while Kuroda made the start at home. Kuroda was hurt by the long ball, and Pettitte got into one two many jams.

But in both cases, the pitchers went deep into the game and kept the Yankees within one run of the Orioles throughout.

Kuroda gave up two earned runs on solo home runs over 8 1/3 innings. In other words, he made two mistakes the whole night. Certainly, it wasn’t a perfect outing, but for most of the night, the Orioles were off the base-paths, and more importantly, the Yankees batters were never out of striking distance.

Kuroda only gave up five hits, and turned the game over to the bullpen with one out and no-one on base in the ninth. He got the leadoff out in all but one inning, and he allowed one walk.  That type of efficiency and command allowed Kuroda to go after every batter, most of whom who he retired.

For the Yankees pitchers, it was a third great start in three nights.

–Alfred Santasiere III

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