After losing the first two games of their four-game series with the Chicago white Sox, the New York Yankees called on Hiroki Kuroda to stop the bleeding Saturday. That he did, pitching the team to a 4-0 victory over Chicago.
Kuroda (8-7, 3.17 ERA) didn't disappoint one bit. The 37-year-old came up big with his best performance of the year, striking out a season-high 11 batters while blanking Chicago over seven innings.
Kuroda has a 1.65 ERA over his last seven starts.
"I think I've been really aggressive lately," said Kuroda, who spent his first four seasons in the National League, with the Dodgers. "Earlier in the season, I was facing a lot of hitters that I hadn't faced before, so I tried to be careful to hit those corners and I got behind in the count many times. Now, I try to be as aggressive as possible."
The offense wasn't overwhelming, but they got the job done against Jake Peavy (6-5, 2.96 ERA). The Yankees (47-30) got to Peavy early, scoring a run each in the first and second inning.
As usual, the Bombers lived up to their nickname with three home runs, courtesy of Curtis Granderson (23), DeWayne Wise (2) and Robinson Cano (19). All were of the solo variety.
Wise went 3-for-3 including his homer and two RBI.
The White Sox (42-36) could only muster three hits throughout the afternoon.
New York will send Phil Hughes to the mound looking to make it two in a row on Sunday against Gavin Floyd.
White Sox lead the series 2-1
WP: Hector Santiago (2 - 1)
SV: Addison Reed
LP: David Robertson (0 - 2)
|3 - 4 loss|
WP: Jose Quintana (3 - 1)
LP: David Phelps (1 - 3)
|7 - 14 loss|
WP: Hiroki Kuroda (8 - 7)
LP: Jake Peavy (6 - 5)
|4 - 0 win|