Hiroki Kuroda Taming Tigers in ALCS Game 2
October 14, 2012 — The Yankees have gotten great performances from their starting pitchers in every one of the six postseason games they’ve played thus far in 2012, but so far in Game 2 of the ALCS, Hiroki Kuroda has put together the most dominating stretch yet.
Kuroda has faced nine Tigers over three frames, and he has struck out seven of them. If that’s not impressive enough, consider that the two batters who made contact, didn’t drive the ball with much authority. Quintin Berry hit a weak fly ball to centerfield, and Jhonny Peralta grounded out to third base.
Kuroda has gotten ahead of the count on six of the first nine batters, and from my vantage point in the press box, it seems like the the seven Tigers who went down on strikes didn’t come close to making contact on the last pitch of their respective at-bats.
–Alfred Santasiere III