GAME 137: In a late summer and early September of must-win games, Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda willed the Yankees to victory in yet another must-win game. Kuroda pitched 7 strong innings of 4-hit, 1-run ball to allow the anemic New York offense a chance to win. And that they did.
Kuroda Backed By McCann and 11-Hit Attack
All pitches in Kuroda’s tool belt were on tonight, as the righty struck out 8 and walked none, while facing down Big Papi on two telling at-bats. The effort lowered Kuroda’s ERA to 3.78 and improved his record to 10-8 — which could be 14-4 if this offense had any consistency.
“Every game we play from now on is going to be a must-win for us, so I wanted to shift the momentum,” — Kuroda said through an interpreter.
And shift the ‘mo, Kuroda did. Once again, he pitched his heart out and this time the offense backed him up. It wasn’t pretty, but they got it done. Dropped to the sixth spot in the lineup, Brian McCann went 4-4, with a 2-run homer in the second inning and an RBI single in the 7th.
Here’s the box score and recap.
Today in Yankees Baseball History
MEMORY LANE: One September 3, 1947, the Yankees had eighteen hits, all singles, in an 11-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio each had four hits.