Oh the weather outside was frightful, but the game was so delightful... This one was a bit of pitcher's duel for most of the night. Both teams couldn't get much going and the rain just kept coming down.
Anyway, after an hour and 13 minute long rain delay, most of us were shocked to see Hiroki Kuroda come out to pitch the fifth inning but he did and he picked up his eighth win because of it. He gave up six hits in those five innings of work and walked two but he also struck out five and worked out of trouble a couple of times to keep the Twins off the board.
The other big story of the game was Boone Logan's seventh inning. Preston Claiborne pitched a scoreless, hitless sixth inning with a strikeout but his seventh started off shaky when he gave up two hits. Logan came in with runners on first and second with no outs. He struck out Chris Parmalee for the first out of the inning but the runners moved up on a passed wild pitch during Joe Mauer's at bat. Logan was able to regroup and ended up striking out the side (Parmalee, Mauer and Justin Morneau) to end the inning and the scoring threat. The strikeout to end the inning came on a checked swing by Morneau, who was not happy with the call. Mauer was victimized by a pretty sexy slider which was amusing because everyone knew the slider was coming and he probably knew it was coming but it looked like it was coming inside and then tailed off over the plate. He stood there with his bat on his shoulders and was called out on strikes. It was a gorgeous pitch by Logan.
Nonetheless, Logan pumped his fist and excitedly jogged back to the Yankee dugout with the two-run still intact.
As for the offense, there wasn't much happening but what did happen, was enough to win the game. It all occurred in the fifth inning. Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano both hit RBI singles. Gardner's scored Luiz Cruz who reached on a single and Cano's scored Gardner.
- With tonight's performance, Hiroki Kuroda now leads all qualified AL starters with a 2.65 ERA. But he's not an All-Star, right? Pffft.
- The Yankees are 17-5 vs. the American Central this season.
- It was the Yankees' fifth shutout of the season but their first since May 17th.
- Gardner picked up his 150th career stolen base.
- Cano's average is back above .300 (.301)
Oh, and look, I kept score the right way, at home:
I'm reacquainting myself with the art of scoring so if something looks wrong, well, it's been a while since I've done this regularly so I'm not expecting to be perfect right away.