Outside of CC, the Yanks’ starting pitching so far this season has been superb, and today was no exception, as Hiroki Kuroda evened his record at 1-1 in the Yanks’ 4-2 win over Baltimore today in their home opener.
Kuroda went 6 1/3, 2 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 4 K and his ERA after two starts is 2.57.
Matt Thornton 1/3, David Phelps 1/3, Adam Warren 1 and Shawn Kelley 1 (save) finished up with scoreless and hitless relief.
So far this year, the Yanks’ pitchers are throwing strikes. Just one walk today (Warren) and 15 in 7 games.
The Yanks got a run in the third when Solarte walked, went to third on Gardner’s single and scored when Jeter GIDP.
After the Orioles tied it in the top of the fourth, Solarte’s two-out single gave the Yanks a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. ‘
In the fifth, Jeter doubled (hit #3321) and Ellsbury drove him in with a single. l was CS (the Yanks first this year) but after Beltran singled and McCann flied out, Soriano singled, then Roberts and Johnson walked. Johnson’s bases-loaded walk made it 4-1.
Baltimore got a run in the seventh to cut it to 4-2 but that was it as the Yanks improved to 4-3.
Ellsbury was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Soriano looks to be coming out of his funk with two hits today.
After the game, it was announced that David Robertson will join Teix on the 15-day DL. With D-Rob, it is a groin strain.