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Recap: Yankees @ A’s Game 48

May 27, 2012

The A’s were facing Hiroki Kuroda, who entered today’s game having a career worst year since moving over the American League where he faces the prospect of facing real lineups day-in-day out. In his 53 1/3 innings entering the game, Kuroda had a career worst 5.7 K/9, career worst 3.4 BB/9 and career worst 1.7 HR/9 leading to a career worst 4.56 ERA and a career worst 5.34. Even luck was against him as he entered with a career worst .292 BABIP and career worst 19.6% HR/FB%. But there is no better cure for pitching struggles than a date with the Oakland Athletics and Kuroda took advantage as the Yankees won 2-0 to sweep the series.

  • Five hits. The A’s offense again failed to score a run but managed a mere five singles in this contest against Kuroda who went eight innings before deferring to Rafael Soriano to get the save. Jemile Weeks, Seth SmithJosh DonaldsonCoco Crisp got their singles off Kuroda while Josh Reddick managed his off the new Yankees closer. Weeks got caught stealing, Crisp successfully stole a base but all in all the A’s only had four at bats with runners in scoring position and as can be expected they went 0-for-4 during them.
  • Tommy Milone meanwhile pitched well in his six and two thirds innings. The game started off inauspiciously with a Derek Jeter single, followed by a Curtis Granderson walk, and then with one out an Alex Rodriguez single to right where Reddick’s arm kept Jeter stationed at third. Give credit to Milone though as he induced two infield pop outs to Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher to get out of the inning sans runs. The first pitch of the second inning, an Andruw Jones home run would be all New York would need though, all in all they would tag Milone for two earned runs altogether on eight hits, with two walks and three strikeouts earning him his first loss in Oakland.
  • Ryan Cook finished the remaining out for the seventh inning upping his scoreless streak to 23 innings. Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes both pitched perfect eight and ninth innings respectively striking out one each.
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