Teixeira & Martin bail out Kuroda as Yanks slip past Angels 6-5

The Yankees ended the first half of the season right with a win and they started the second half of the season with a win as well. While Kuroda faltered for the Yankees towards the end, Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin were able to bail him out as the Yankees beat the Angels in the series opener 6-5.

The Yankees started the game behind in the 3rd when Eric Aybar hit a solo shot. That was when Mark Teixeira hit the first of his 2 home runs of the game. The 2 run shot by Teixeira made it 2-1 New York in the 3rd. In the top of the 7th inning, Mark Trumbo hit a 3 run shot which made the game 4-2 Angels. The Yankees had a chance the previous inning but stranded Granderson after a lead-off triple. The Angels would score one more off Kuroda in the 8th inning before being taken out for Chad Qualls who has pitched brilliantly since coming to New York in that trade with the Phillies.  The Yankees had a Hollywood 8th inning as Mark Teixeira hit his second HR of the evening which tied the game at 5. Russell Martin couldn’t have written a better script for how this game went even if he tried. After fighting off some pitches, Martin had a go-ahead RBI single which plated Dewayne Wise.

Martin was also fantastic defensively as he was able to catch Mark Trumbo, Alberto Callapso and Howie Kendrick stealing, the latter ending the game for the Yankees and securing Rafael Soriano‘s 21st season save.

Tomorrow the Yankees will face the Angels in an afternoon game. Freddy Garcia will be on the mound for the Yankees. First pitch is at 1:05pm.

About Delia E.

Delia Enriquez is the managing editor of Yankees Fans Unite. She enjoys analyzing the New York Yankees whether it be their pitching, roster or their manager. You can follow her on twitter @dfiregirl4 for more tweets, analysis and opinion on the Yankees.

Posted on July 14, 2012, in Game Reviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’ll get crushed for this but I don’t care. I hope Petitte makes it back in time for the playoffs and Girardi sees the light before the playoffs and leaves Kuroda out of the rotation. Hughes and Nova are better. Kuroda’s lack of a real fastball terrifies me. That pitch he threw to Trumbo may as well have been on a tee.

    • Kuroda has pitched more gems this year than both Nova and Hughes. He pounds the strike zone and when he’s not spotting the ball he gets hit hard. It’s too early to start picking starters for the playoffs.

  2. It’s really not to important as the #4 starter in the playoffs doesn’t see many starts assuming Andy comes back that is what we are talking about here. But what lack of fastball? He is usually around 92-94. Tired of people discrediting Kuroda he has done a really nice job this year. He was dominating that potent lineup for 6 innings. He can get people out with many more pitches than Hughes, who is only really a 2 pitch pitcher, while Kuroda has 4 legit pitches.

  3. Money P: You are right again…… Kuroda has been very good and was a good pitching pickup by CashMan ( his best in years). But TWASP has PJS (Post Javy Syndrome). I for see a junk ball pitcher getting lit up ….gopher balls flying over walls in the postseason. …..

  4. TWASP rotation for a five game series. Cc, petitte,nova,cc, petite

    TWASP rotation for a seven game series Cc, petitte nova, Hughes,cc,petite

  5. There is no way to tell which pitchers or hitters will do well in the playoffs as compared to the regular season. Teams with the best pitchers and best hitters don’t always win in the playoffs. Another thing that bothers me is the people that harp on trends like RISP with the Yanks this year, they are winning the division by 8 games. The next negitive trend will be their record agains’t their division. Last year peope were yelling for agains’t Burnett pitching in the playoffs, and he won.

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