Ichiro Suzuki’s first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, lifted the red-hot Yankees to a 6-4 win on Friday night.
The Yanks have won 7 of 8 since the All-Star Break. The win puts them at 54-48, in sole possession of second place in the AL East, and they currently have sole possession (by one game) of the second wild card spot as of now.
Hiroki Kuroda struggled early, thanks to Jose Bautista, but did provide 5 2/3 innings and got the win. Kuroda gave up all four runs to Toronto on two homers by Bautista, a 3-run shot in the first and a solo shot in the third. When Bautista hit his second HR off Kuroda, he was at that time 4 for 4 off him, with all 4 hits being HRs.
Down 3-0, the Yanks got two back in the second. McCann and the red-hot Headley singled, and Ichiro walked. An infield single by Roberts brought in one run, and a SF by Gardner plated another.
After Bautista’s second HR put Toronto up 4-2, the Yanks came back with four in the bottom of the third and there was no further scoring for the rest of the ballgame.
Carlos Beltran homered to make it 4-3. It was Beltran’s 11th HR of the season and 369th of his career, tying him with Ralph Kiner and Todd Helton on the all-time HR list, one behind Gil Hodges.
After Beltran’s HR, McCann and Headley singled, and Ichiro’s 3-run homer put the Yanks up 6-4 and that is how the game wound up.
It was Ichiro’s first HR of the season. Not only that, out of Ichiro’s 63 hits this season, only 8 have been for extra bases, making the HR that much more of a pleasant surprise for Yankees’ fans.
If you didn’t see Jeter’s reaction when Ichiro came back to the dugout after Ichiro’s HR, you should check it out. Jeter gave Ichiro a teasing “are you kidding me” look before breaking into a big smile and laugh. Priceless.
Kuroda (W, 7-6, 3.99) 5 2/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Huff 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. Overall ERA (SF/NYY) 4.10.
Kelley 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.45.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 1 K. 1.47.
Robertson his 26th save. 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 w, 2 K. 2.33.
Robertson is 26 of 28 in saves this year. He has alleviated any doubts of replacing Mo.
Jeter got hit #3414 in the victory. He is now five behind Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the all-time hits list and 16 behind Honus Wagner for sixth. Jeter won’t catch the top five, since he is 101 hits behind fifth-place Tris Speaker.
McCann had two hits and raised his average to .243. This is one thing the Yanks need. For much of the season, McCann has been in the .220s.
Chase Headley had three hits and is 6 for 14 since becoming a Yankee.
Francisco Cervelli had two hits and is at a surprising, but welcome, .311.
It was the 17th straight time the Yankees beat Toronto at Yankee Stadium. Not only that, the Yanks continued their success against Mark Buehrle, who continues to struggle vs. the Yanks (1-12 career).
I see that Bill Renna, a backup OF for the 1953 Yanks, passed away recently.