GAME 132: Ouch. This one hurt. There was hope that the Yankees recent offensive effectiveness would allow Hiroki Kuroda some wiggle room, but no such luck. Plagued by poor run support since he’s been in pinstripes, Kuroda held the potent Detroit lineup to 2 runs and 4 hits over 7 innings. Shawn Kelley pitched into, and almost out of trouble in the 9th. After the game, Kelley said:
“That’s about as bad as I’ve felt walking off a mound in my career”
URP Stymies Yankees Again
The Unknown Rookie Pitcher. More often than not, that’s all it takes to tame the bats. This time is was Kyle Lobstein, who almost cut his ERA in half with six innings of 4-hit ball, allowing only one earned run.
“From the game that I saw, we swung the bats better than we did yesterday,” Girardi said. “We just hit balls at people. That’s unfortunate.”
Walk-Off Widens Tiger WC Lead
The Yankees came in hoping to shave another game off Detroit’s lead for the second Wild Card slot down to 1 game, but it’s back to 3 thanks to the walk-off loss.
INJURY UPDATES: Masahiro Tanaka threw a 3-inning sim game today with no setbacks, check out Chad Jennings’ update over at LoHud.
Today in Yankees Baseball History
MEMORY LANE: On August 28th, 1971, the Yankees released Bobby Cox, who was just inducted in the Hall of Fame as a manager. The Yankees acquired Cox in a 1967 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but bad knees limited his playing time at third base, appearing in only 220 games over the 1968 and 1969 seasons. His managerial career began in the Yankees system in 1971, and the rest is history.
Happy 64th Birthday to Ron Guidry!