New York Yankees Post Mortem: 07-April-2014: Baltimore Game 1: Kuroda strong as Yanks win on opening day in the Bronx


The core 4 reunite for the first pitch of 2014 in Yankee Stadium.

Starting Pitching:  Hiroki Kurodaanother strong outing: Going 6.1 innings on 92 pitches ( 56 strikes) giving up 2 runs on eight hits; striking out 4. 

Bullpen Pitching:  Joe used Matt Thornton ( 3rd hold) and Davis Phelps ( first hold)  to get the last two outs of the seventh. Adam Warren (third hold) pitched the eighth; walking one and striking out two.  With D-Rob on the disabled list; Shawn Kelley got his first save of the year by  pitching a  quiet ninth

Offense: The offense continues to lag behind the pitching; but is slowly starting to catch up.  The Captain got the only extra base hit of the game which was a ground rule double ( missed a home run by inches).  Ellsbury ( despite the scoreboard misspelling his name) went 2 for 4 with one RBI in his first game at home as a Yankee. Alfonso Soriano is show signs of getting out of his slump; having gone 2 for three and scoring a run. 

Eye Candy:

The core 4 return to throw out the first pitch: 

 The Captain scorches a double

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Wild Card: 3 Games back with 8 remaining. Yankees could make a sizable jump ahead today; being only 1/2 game behind Baltimore and KC.

Starting Pitching:  CC is finally beginning to look like himself.  He made it on e batter into the eighth inning; giving up just one run on seven hits ( 2 doubles and five singles) and four strike outs. He needed 107 pitches (67 strikes) ; giving up  four walks 

Bullpen Pitching:  David Robertson is back to full eighth inning duty; walking and striking out one.  Mariano had a quiet ninth; striking out one Given the four run lead they had; this was neither a hold or a save opportunity.

Offense;  The offense still looks like it’s on life support; but it got enough  to close the deal; against a good; though inconsistent pitcher.  Up until the bottom of the seventh inning; the Yankees had just four hits { a second inning home run by Soriano and three singles.  Tim Lincecum then proceeded to load the bases via a single; walk and a HBP.  He was then relived by former Yankee George Kontos . With two outs and a 2-1 count; on two bad legs; Alex was able to get a hold of one and put it into the seats. This was his 24th career GS which is the most all time.

Eye Candy:

Sorianos Solo Shot:

Alex’s Grand Slam:

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Author’s Note: Looks like the Yanks had some luck for once.  Robbie Cano  only has a bruise; nothing broken.  Since Nunez went back into the game;  he must not have done anything too bad to his ankle.  Undoubtedly; it will be achy tomorrow.

Starting Pitching:  Andy had another good game. He went seven shutout innings on 86 pitches ( 58 strikes): 5 hits; two walks and three strikeouts.

Bullpen Pitching: Joe brought in Adam Warren who finished the game; going 2 innings on 34 pitches ( 24 strikes) giving up 1 run on five hits with one walk.

Offense:  The offense clearly had its groove on  in this game.  In the first;  the Yankees scored four runs. Brett Gardner started off with a double and was then pushed to third on a wild pitch. He was promptly driven home on a single by the Captain. Robbie was up next and got hit on the hand  ( see above).  The next batter,  Alfonso Soriano,  hit a monster  three run home run.   The other three runs in the game were a series of solo shots by Soriano ( again) in the third, Mark Reynolds in the 6th and A-rod in the seventh.

  •  the Captain’s RBI single:
  • Soriano’s 3 run shot in the first:
  • Soriano’s solo shot (#400)  in the 3rd:

  • Mark Reynolds solo shot in the 6th:
  • A-rod  #651 in the 7th: