Kuroda struggles as Yankees fall to Rays 8-6
Hiroki Kuroda was slated to make his Yankees debut against the potent Rays lineup but he was tentative and struggled with command as the Yankees once again fell to the Rays in Game 2 of the 3 game set.
THE GOOD: Derek Jeter was 2 for 4 in the game as well as Curtis Granderson. Raul Ibanez (who came in to replace Andruw Jones) had yet another RBI. The Yankees rallied for 4 runs with 3 of them coming from a Nick Swisher HR in the ninth inning.
THE BAD: Hiroki Kuroda was very tentative in his 6 innings of work. Kuroda didn’t have good numbers against left handed batters and was the victim of the Luke Scott slug fest. Clay Rapada didn’t do any better, giving up 2 runs against right handed hitters even though his numbers vs. right handers are atrocious. Alex Rodriguez (once again) ended the game but this time it was a ground out unlike the last time he ended a game. Also there was the poor managing of Joe Girardi. Girardi allowed his pitchers to struggle before going to the bullpen (including Rapada). If this is going to be a continuing factor throughout the year then I don’t like it.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees are attempting to avoid a series sweep by sending the new and improved Phil Hughes on the mound. He will face off against the 2011 ROY Jeremy Hellickson. The game is at 1:40pm on YES Network.
Posted on April 8, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged Alex Rodriguez, Clay Rapada, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, hiroki kuroda, Joe Girardi, New York Yankees, Nick Swisher. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.