It happened again. Remember that time Hiroki Kuroda was hit in the hand by a comebacker and eventually left the game? This time he got hit in the calf and could only last two innings, but don't let this be his excuse for the game; he gave up three runs in the bottom of the first, before he was hit, when Nick Markakis hit a solo shot and Chris Davis hit a two-run home run. After he left in the third inning with two men on, Preston Claiborne came in and gave up a three-run home run to Matt Wieters to end his scoreless streak at nine innings.
David Adams had an injury scare of his own when he fouled a ball off his ankle in the fourth inning. He went down, the trainer went out and then everyone laughed and it was all ok. That would have been a disaster if he was hurt and we had to rely on Jayson Nix and Reid Brignac.
The offense basically consisted of Curtis Granderson, who doubled in the top of the third and scored on a Robinson Cano single. He also hit a solo home run of his own in the top of the fifth and finished a triple away from the cycle. It wasn't until the ninth inning that David Adams hit his second home run of his career off of Darren O`Day. Other than that Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki had hits and Grandy and Travis Hafner (2) walked. Everyone in the lineup, other than Grandy, Adams and Ichiro, struck out at least once (Lyle Overbay struck out twice and Reid Brignac, still hitless as a Yankee, struck out three times). Brett Gardner also made a cameo appearance in order to strikeout for Austin Romine to end the game.
Kuroda finished with five earned runs on eight hits in only two innings. Kuroda was hit hard in the first two innings and again in the third before he left. You could tell it was going to be a long day, but the injury made it even longer. Claiborne finally gave up his first run and, like we all knew it would be, it was devastating. He was charged with only one of the runs and managed to rebound to strike out two in two innings. Adam Warren did a noble job filling in for four inning without giving up a run on five hits and two strikeouts. If the Orioles scored anymore it might have brought Dellin Betances into the game. That would have been something.
Kuroda was diagnosed with a bruised right calf, but the extent of the inury, and whether or not he will be able to make his next start, is yet to be determined. The Yankees drop the series one game to two and now head off to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays after a day off tomorrow.
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