Kuroda Grinds Out Win in First of Twin Bill vs Bucs, 4-3

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Gardner's RBI double in the second inning.

GAME 42
: The Yankees scored early and hung on late to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates in game one of today’s single admission doubleheader. After Neil Walker homered off Hiroki Kuroda in the top of the first, the Yanks took advantage of Pirate starter Charlie Morton‘s lack of command in the bottom of the inning. Mark Teixiera‘s bases loaded single knocked in 2, and Brian McCann followed with an RBI single. The bottom of the second, Brett Gardner‘s double to center plated Kelly Johnson for a 4-1 lead.
The Bucs made it interesting with 2 runs in the 5th inning, but Kuroda responded with a 1-2-3 sixth and the pen did their job from there. The Yanks needed innings from Kuroda — and a light outs performance from the bullpen to keep arms fresh for game two. They got both. Kuroda had some rough patches, but pitched his way out of serious trouble. Which was needed as Pirate pitching keep the Yankees off the scoreboard since the second inning.
The win was the fourth straight for the Yanks, with the pitching allowing a total of 4 runs over that span.
MEMORY LANE: On May 18th, 1982, the Yankees signed Bobby Bonds to a free agent contact … On this date in 1942, New York City installed a “dim-out” policy requiring that all unnecessary lights be turned off during the night, including stadium lights, putting an end to all baseball night-games until the end of World War II (Source: newyorknatives.com)
Here’s the box score and a recap.
 Vidal Nuno takes the mound in game two. ‘Till then…

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