GAME 82: The Yankees needed two things tonight. One: a lot of innings from Hiroki Kuroda. Check. Two: get a big hit when the game is on the line. You kiddin’ me’?
As a victim of circumstances with a worn-out bullpen, Kuroda pitched perhaps his best outing to date, but for too many times to count received no support from the offense. His post-game answers to reporter’s questions about the lack of run production were diplomatic, but he must feel like he has to toss a shutout every time to give the team a real chance to win.
Two Steps Forward. Two Steps Back.
Different day. Same ****. Once again the New York Yankees couldn’t get the job done when they had the chance. Another maddening loss (and nothing to do with the Rays skipper). This one dropped the club to an even .500 record after 82 games — the halfway point of the season. Most fingers are pointing to the offense as the culprit, as the hitters squander scoring opportunities night after night, as the team ends up losing one close (or 1 run game) after another.
GAMEDAY NOTES: Derek Jeter‘s fourth-inning double to center field tied the Captain with Lou Gehrig for 534 doubles, the most in franchise history. The Yankees have now dropped four in a row, and 8 out of their last 10. And this on the heels of a 8-2 stretch. Unless the ‘dog days of summer’ holds some magic, this may be how the 2014 Yankees will be remembered — two steps forward, two steps back.
Here’s the box score and recap by Bryan Hoch (mlb.com).
MEMORY LANE: On July 1st, 1979, the Yankees hit 5 home runs off Boston Red Sox starter Dennis Eckersley in a 6-5 win over the Beantown rivals. The hit parade included Wille Randolph, Jim Spencer, Roy White, Reggie Jackson, and Jerry Narron. Yanks’ starter Catfish Hunter was knocked out after allowing 5 earned runs in 5.2 innings, but Ron Davis and Jim Kaat combined to secure the win for New York …