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Hiroki Kuroda notches rare seven-inning shutout

Jul 18, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

Hiroki Kuroda Reuters

With the rain showing no sign of stopping, Wednesday’s game between the Blue Jays and Yankees was called in the bottom of the seventh with the Bombers up 6-0, giving Hiroki Kuroda a seven-inning shutout.

It was the first shutout (or complete game of any kind) for Kuroda since he had two in his rookie season with the Dodgers in 2008. Even without a delay, he almost certainly would have been done for the day after the top of the seventh, as he had thrown 108 pitches.

Not counting any combined efforts, Kuroda’s unusual shutout was the longest in a non-nine-inning game since Baltimore’s Mark Hendrickson had a seven-inning shutout against the Yankees on July 21, 2003. The Yankees’ Phil Hughes had one of last year’s two non-nine-inning shutouts, picking one up in a six-inning game against the White Sox on Aug. 2.

  1. jaysjunkie - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Wouldn’t have made a difference today…the Jays were completely flat. No doubt the Bautista and Lawrie injuries (and Romero sucking again) took the wind out of their sails.

    • yankeesgameday - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      That, and 110 degrees on the field for game time doesn’t help.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    The weirdest thing about Kuroda is how much better he pitches at Yankees Stadium than he does on the road.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Between innings, the few non inured blue jays were caught doing a rain dance in the dugout.

  4. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Hey look at the bright side, the jays scored 4 total runs in 3 games and now are only 12 1/2 games out of first place and 2 games under .500 and “padded” their lead for last place in the AL east!! Can’t beat that!! No wonder proudly is always so excited about “sandwich picks”. If my team had no hope like the jays i guess i would get excited about nonsense too

    • cur68 - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:57 AM

      Had no idea you could count to 4 ‘harry. Well done. Stole a calculator, eh? Don’t let your parole officer find out, now. Think this is the first time I’ve seen you comment on a Yankee game. ‘Course the substance of your comment has nothing to do with the Yanks, really. More about the Blue Jays, but meh, quibbles. Anyhow, its keeps you off the streets, I guess. That’s good for society at large so keep it up, you fan, you.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:25 AM

        and you keep commenting on my posts my pet monkey just like i want you to

      • cur68 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM

        Rightbackatcha ;) with punctuation skillz, though. Pity you can’t say the same, asshole.

  5. bigharold - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    If I was the vindictive SOB the most people that know me think I am I’d have a prepared list of all the posters that thought the Yankees were too old and brittle, SP poor and had an overrated pen to be successful to go anywhere.

    Say what you want but the Yankees are a force this season.

    • ptfu - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:07 AM

      Congratulations to you and the Yankees for not living down to expectations. Do you have a ten game lead on your vindictiveness? (If that’s not a word, well, it is now.)

      The Yankees are a force this season.

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