Support for Kuroda with bat and glove absent
Hiroki Kuroda has had his share of poor run support this year. It happened again Saturday with the Yankees scoring only run. What made this game different is that the Yanks poorly supported him defensively as well.
Weak fielding has not been an issue for the Yankees this year. Despite all the injuries, the Yanks have slapped leather pretty well. Kuroda was hurt by two errors that were factors in the 6-1 loss to the Red Sox, a huge disappointment considering Kuroda has been so dependable all season.
The damaging inning was the fourth when the Red Sox scored three runs with the aid of an errant throw by Yankees first baseman Lyle Overbay and a blown call by third base umpire Bill Welke. Expanded replay will not come to Major League Baseball until 2014, so the Yankees had to live with Welke’s blunder Saturday.
Boston had runners on the corners with none out after David Ortiz led off with a double and Mike Carp singled. Kuroda held firm and struck out Daniel Nava looking. Stephen Drew then hit a bouncer to Overbay, who instead of throwing home to get the plodding Ortiz decided to throw to second base in an effort to start a potentially inning-ending double play.
That decision exploded in Overbay’s face. His throw to second was high and pulled Robinson Cano off the base. No out there. Cano’s relay to first was not in time to get Drew. No out there. In the meantime, Ortiz scored, and the Red Sox still had two runners on base. Overbay blamed himself for sailing his throw.
Carp and Drew then pulled off a double steal, although replays indicated that Alex Rodriguez tagged Carp on his thigh before his foot hit the base at third. Welke was right on top of the play and called the runner safe even though video replays showed otherwise. Both runners eventually scored on two-out singles by Will Middlebrooks and Jacoby Ellsbury.
That inning was part of a weird game for the Yankees. They ran themselves out of potentially productive inning in the second. Red-hot Alfonso Soriano singled and Rodriguez walked to begin the inning. Curtis Granderson followed with a flare to shallow center that was gloved by Drew, the shortstop who then turned and threw to second base to double-off Soriano.
Soriano also led off the fourth with a single but was caught stealing, snuffing out another possible scoring opportunity. The Yankees never really mounted a strong attack against John Lackey (8-10), who pitched into the seventh and ended a personal four-game losing streak by winning for the first time in six starts since July 12.
On the plus side for Overbay, he had three hits, but the Yankees had only one hit in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position, and that hit by Overbay did not score a run. Cano had an 11-game hitting streak stopped as failed to get a ball out of the infield. The Yankees need to shake this one off and try to win the series behind CC Sabathia Sunday night at Fenway Park.