(now, if we could just fix that home slump situation . . . )
ON THE MOUND
Kuma going in the right direction in number of innings pitched . . .
He went FIVE in his first start, SIX in his second and SEVEN today (just the second M’s starter to go that far so far this season – first was Felix vs. A’s)
but, going in the wrong direction with number of earned runs . . .
He gave up TWO in his first start, THREE in his second and FOUR today
with THREE of the EIGHT for extra base hits (including ARod’s first homer) but, the winning run was a wild pitch (though Steve should have blocked it)
SEVEN innings ~ EIGHT hits ~ FOUR earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ THREE strikeouts
Nick, the lone BP guy today, posts a clean sheet for the 8th w/ONE strikeout
AT THE PLATE
Hits w/RISP doesn’t tell the story today . . .
M’s were .500 in that category, scoring all their hits on singles (Seth and Steve) and a force out (Kyle) but, only had SIX total hits, The Yanks were only ONE for ELEVEN w/RISP but, had THREE extra-base hits compared to the M’s ONE (Aoki’s triple)
Another double-digit strikeout game for the bats . . .
though HALF of them came in the 8th and 9th innings (Yanks pen of Betances and Miller each struck out the side in order – yikes!)
IN THE FIELD
} Steve had a bit of a struggle behind the plate today (with the “WP” and twice unsuccessfully trying to nail runners (ONE went for an error) giving up TWO stolen bases which tied Kuma’s career
} Leonys with a nice diving catch, Robbie with SEVEN put outs
tweets of the game . . .
and, down on the farm . . .