(Courtesy of the AP)
I half-joked on the Facebook page Tuesday that if I set the betting line at 5 total runs scored in this series, would you take the over or the under? Most people were taking the under and it was hard to blame them with who the Dodgers were putting out on the mound. Zack Greinke did the job on Wednesday night against the still sputtering Yankee offense and big lefty and once pipe dream future Yankee Clayton Kershaw looked primed to best that last night. If we're being honest, he actually did, but he was bested by the best the Yankees have on their staff in Hiroki Kuroda and the Bombers left LA with a much needed split.
- Kershaw surrendered just 3 hits through 6 innings, 2 of them groundball singles that found holes. He was on his game and working efficiently to mow down the Yankee batting order.
- Across the diamond, Kuroda was doing the exact same thing to the Dodger lineup. He allowed just a single walk the first time through the order, and completely torched the 1-4 spots in the lineup between the 3rd and 4th innings with a K, groundout, K, K sequence.
- Hirok could have gotten himself into trouble in the bottom of the 7th, when he gave up 3 base hits in a 4-batter span. Luckily Adrian Gonzalez got greedy trying to stretch his leadoff hit and got thrown out at second by Vernon Wells.
- Boone Logan replaced Kuroda after Melky Mesa pinch hit for him in the top of the 8th and navigated his way around a leadoff single and an intentional walk of Yasiel Puig to get the Yankees to their last chance in a 0-0 9th.
- Kershaw hit for himself in the bottom of the 8th, but for some reason was removed for the top of the 9th. Derek Jeter worked a leadoff walk off Ronald Bellisario, who also walked Ichiro after 2 groundouts. Pinch hitter Lyle Overbay faced lefty Paco Rodriguez, and after getting a VERY generous check swing call with 2 strikes, came through with an RBI single to center to put New York on the board.
- The Yanks would plate 2 more in the next at-bat when Mark Ellis and Puig failed to communicate on a pop up and let it drop in off the bat of Jayson Nix. Mo went 1-2-3 in the 9th and that was all she wrote.
- Kuroda: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K. Had the splitter and the slider working early last night and he was constantly pitching from ahead in the count (20-25 1st-pitch strikes). It was a vintage Hiroki Kuroda start as he added to his MLB-leading total of 7+ IP/0 R starts.
- Overbay: 1-1, 1 R, 1 RBI. Made possible by the bad call, but Overbay still had to come through with a 2-strike hit against a lefty pitcher.
- Brett Gardner: 0-4, 2 K, 2 LOB. Tough night for Brett at the top. Shake it off today.
It's another off-day, and one I'm sure Jeter will be happy to have to rest his legs. The Yanks will kick off a weekend series in San Diego tomorrow.