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Hiroki Kuroda strikes out 11 in win over White Sox

Jun 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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Who needs CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte, anyway? OK, well the Yankees do if they hope to go anywhere. But Hiroki Kuroda is holding things down quite nicely at the moment.

Kuroda was dominant this afternoon, allowing just three hits over seven shutout innings as part of a 4-0 win over the White Sox. He tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts while walking just one batter.

Kuroda got off to a bit of a shaky start in pinstripes, posting a 4.50 ERA through his first eight starts, but he has rebounded with a 1.99 ERA over his last eight and has allowed three runs or less in seven of them. The 36-year-old right-hander now has a solid 3.17 ERA and 80/31 K/BB ratio over 102 1/3 innings. Chatter that he couldn’t cut in the American League is but a distant memory.

The offense this afternoon was supplied by, you guessed it, the home run ball. Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano and Dewayne Wise all had solo shots. Wise also added an RBI double. Pretty interesting week for that guy, huh?

Kuroda’s performance overshadowed Jake Peavy, who tossed his fourth complete game of the season. Incredibly, he’s taken losses in three of them. Peavy struck out 11 for his first double-digit strikeout game since May 22, 2009 against the Cubs. While he has lost each of his last four starts, he still has an outstanding 2.96 ERA and 101/24 K/BB ratio over 112 2/3 innings this season. He’s an easy call to make the American League All-Star team.

UPDATE: Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com notes that Peavy will honor the memory of former Padres bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds by donating $100 to pancreatic cancer research for every strikeout in MLB games today. There were 24 strikeouts in this game alone. Good on you, Jake.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Kuroda has looked great not only today but for the better portion of his last 6 starts. Nice to see the Yankees as the piece mentions are going to need him. Also a nice win for the Yankees and they are back on the winning track.

  2. Kevin S. - Jun 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    I’m confused – I thought Cashman was supposed to be an idiot for signing a pitcher who was too old, too Japnese and too NL Westy to handle pitching in the Bronx.

  3. randygnyc - Jun 30, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    The national nightmare of a 2 game losing streak to an inferior team has finally ended. A representative effort today puts the Yankees back in the win column.

  4. retief1954 - Jun 30, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Well. THANK GOODNESS the Yankees won today! Now we can ALL sleep better tonight, I’m sure! What a relief!!

  5. thatyankeedude - Jun 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    When the Yankees win the universe always sleeps better, cause after all it is a Yankee universe

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