Hiroki Kuroda had been enjoying a solid 2014 season as he entered last night's matchup with the LA Angels. Kuroda who has been consistent since coming over from the LA Dodgers in 2012, could not get it going Friday night in the Bronx. Kuroda gave up a career high eight runs and was unable to make through the fifth inning for the first time since last May. Kuroda gave up four home runs, including Albert Pujols' Major League leading ninth homer of the season.
This is the first time that Kuroda had allowed eight runs in a game in his Major League career. Two of the runs were unearned on a fielding error in the fifth inning by Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran. Although Kuroda lost to the Halos for the first time since 2011, the Yankees aren't too concerned. "I think he'll figure it out," Yankee skipper Joe Girardi said. "It's been a little up and down. Tonight he could never find it. He just didn't seem real sharp. His stuff seemed a little flat. There are times when he will find his stuff. Tonight, he just wasn't able to find it."
With the Yankees pitching staff suffering through a week where they lost Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda, Kuroda's implosion couldn't have happened at a worse time for the Bombers. The Halo's took advantage of Kuroda's off night as they pounded the 39 year old righty, until he was lifted after four and two thirds innings of work.
"This guy's always tough on us," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "He's got that big heavy sinker and that little split that goes down. It looks like when he made some mistakes to try and get some balls into our lefties, he didn't miss 'em. But for the most part, I think he just got behind in some counts and couldn't finish some guy's off."
On a night where much didn't go right for the Yankees, they were able to keep Mike Trout hitless, ending his 13 game hit streak.
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