Yankees Game 26: Hafner brings in three in win

Hiroki Kuroda pitches seven scoreless en route to his fourth win.

Houston Astros 4 — New York Yankees 7

 

Yankees rebound well from embarrassing loss yesterday with 7-4 win over the Houston Astros.

 

Hiroki Kuroda started tonight, a game after the Yankees surrendered nine runs to the weak Astros. Kuroda righted the ship with a dominant start. Walks appeared to be the lone flaw in Kuroda’s game. He would induce seven groundouts around four singles in seven scoreless innings.

This would be Hiroki Kuroda’s second scoreless outing of the season.

The Yankees were prepared to face Philip Humber, sporting a winless record this season. Following a walk, Brett Gardner would steal his second base of the season. Ichiro Suzuki would hit an infield single to put runners on the corners. Travis Hafner would come through with a run-scoring single to left field. This would repeat itself to an extent in the third inning. Ichiro Suzuki would strike out but reach first on a wild pitch by Humber. He would then steal second base, his second stolen base of the season. Then, Travis Hafner would cash-in again, singling to center field to bring home Ichiro to put the Yankees ahead by two.

With a four-run lead, David Robertson would take over the game in the eighth inning. Chris Carter would hit a two-run home run to right field to cut the lead in half. The offense would not let the small lead stand. Lyle Overbay would hit a home run to leadoff the bottom half of the eighth inning. Eduardo Nunez would follow with a double and Chris Stewart would bring him in. Later in the inning, Hafner would come through one more time for his third run of the game.

With a five-run lead, Shawn Kelley was called in. He would get two outs but three hits, including a two-run double created just a three-run lead. With the potential tying-run on-deck, Mariano Rivera would be called on for the final out. On a 2-2 pitch, Mariano Rivera would notch his 10th save with a swinging strike at his signature cutter by Jason Castro.

With this save, Mariano Rivera has set career-high for saves in April with 10. Ichiro Suzuki, Travis Hafner, and Eduardo Nunez would each get three hits in tonight’s game. Brett Gardner now has as many stolen bases as he has been caught stealing.

 

Win – Hiroki Kuroda (4-1)

Loss – Philip Humber (0-6)

Save – Mariano Rivera (10)

 

Notables

Astros

*Jose Altuve – 2 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI (14)

*Chris Carter – 1 for 4, R, 2-Run Home Run (6) in the 8th, 2 RBI (14)

Yankees

*Travis Hafner – 3 for 4, 3 RBI (17)

*Eduardo Nunez – 3 for 4, R, 2 2B

 

Current Yankees Record: 26-10

 

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