Rays crush Kuroda as winning streak comes to an end


Source: FanGraphs

It really stinks when things don’t go according to plan. The Yankees had won five straight heading into Friday’s series opener against the Rays and they had Hiroki Kuroda on the mound, their best pitcher and one of the very best in baseball this year. Instead of continuing to roll, they hit a speed bump and were overmatched by Tampa. Let’s recap the 7-2 loss:

  • HRiok: After going almost 60 innings without allowing a homer, Kuroda surrendered four (!) in six innings on Friday night. The Rays punished him for seven runs on nine hits and one walk in six innings. He should have been out of the game in the fifth innings or so, but Joe Girardi opted to run his best pitcher into the ground rather than overwork the sixth and seventh relievers in the bullpen. Yuck. Fouling back-to-back rough outings, I wonder if Kuroda might be hitting the same late-season wall he hit late last year. I hope not, the Yankees can’t afford it.
  • Sterling: For the second time in about a month, Chris Archer shut New York down. He didn’t throw another complete-game shutout on Friday, but he did limit them to two runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings. Six of the 27 batters he faced managed to hit the ball out of the infield on the fly. Brett Gardner created both runs by using his speed to get to third base — single, stolen base, moved up on a fly ball, then a triple — before someone (Alfonso Soriano single, Robinson Cano ground out) drove him in. Archer’s night ended when new Ray David DeJesus made a nice running grab at the wall on a Chris Stewart line drive with two on in the seventh.
  • Leftovers: Joba Chamberlain retired all six (!) batters he faced after Girardi mercifully pulled Kuroda … Gardner had two hits and a walk while Eduardo Nunez had two hits, otherwise no one reached base more than once … Gardner was picked off first and doubled off first on a Curtis Granderson fly ball. Making two outs at first after safely reaching base really sucks … Kuroda tied a career-high with four homers allowed. has the box score and video, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles beat the Athletics, so the Yankees remain four games back of Oakland for the second wildcard spot. Cool Standings has New York’s postseason odds at 12.2%. CC Sabathia and David Price square off in battle of Cy Young winning southpaws in game two of this three-game series on Saturday night.

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  • Kramerica Industries

    The good from tonight:


    2) The video played a few minutes before the game began with various Rays players giving their thanks and appreciation to Mo, followed by him tipping the cap to the crowd. I don’t know how it’s been done in other venues, but it was pretty sweet there.

    3) The FUCKING IDIOTS regarding ARod. No, I do not support his actions or what he represents, but if you’re going to spout off, have your damn facts straight. Dumbasses. I certainly gave my defiant applauses to him every time at the plate.

    • OldYanksFan

      3) What did who say about ARod?

      • Kramerica Industries

        Well, Rays fans in general that I heard, but my favorite bit came when some lunatic was saying how Ryan Braun was a “real man” for taking his suspension and going with it, not appealing, any of that BS.

        I knew I wasn’t gonna get anywhere with that, so I didn’t bother retorting to that, or to anything, exactly. All I know is I was laughing my rear end off on my interiors. Makes me appreciate the general intelligence that can be found on a site like RAB. ‘cuz some baseball fans, I’ll tell you, are some of the dumbest fucking people on the planet.

    • Kiko Jones

      What crowd? heh heh

    • Tisha

      Chris Archer the new Yankee killer. This makes 3 times this summer already. And Cashman and Oppenhemier passed on this kid and let the Cubs take him and then trade him to the Rays for Garza.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    If I had just stuck with the reverse Eddard prediction, I’d have come off as a genius.

    Get back out there tomorrow and win. Hopefully, that’s the one stinker Kuroda needed to get out of the way.

  • stuart a

    the good news is;

    hiroki kept his erroless streak in take, joba actually got 6 straight outs, gardner stole early in the count, aroid almost got the ball out of the infield, cano did not exert to much energy tonight, and the real bullpen got the night off.

    • WhittakerWalt

      I notice you never have much to say about Cano when he’s in the middle of one of his 24-for-40 streaks.

  • stuart a

    i take it back aroid had a hard out to right my bad.. recently the guy has had difficulty getting the ball out of the infield…

  • forensic

    Sure hope Kuroda doesn’t have a repeat of his last 7 or so starts of last season, but there are several similarities to be concerned with.

    This is the first time in over 3 years that Joba pitched two full innings in a game. It’s been a lot longer than I thought it would’ve been.

    Strange night for Gardner. Some good, but also some bad to help cancel some of it out.

    Ugly game.

  • BigBlueAL

    I know alot of people were making this series out to be huge but in all honesty winning 1 of 3 wont exactly be that bad a series. Sure the Yankees need to win as many games as possible but their recent winning stretch has allowed them to have a bad series once in awhile and it wouldnt be crippling.

    I think Tampa will win the division and I dont look at them as a team the Yankees need to catch in the standings. To me the Red Sox and one of the A’s/Rangers are the teams the Yankees need to catch to grab a WC spot. Obviously they have to pass the O’s and Indians too.

    Would be pretty epic if the WC playoff game would be between the Yankees and Red Sox.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I didn’t want to be the first person to make the 1 out of 3 comment, but it’s certainly been on my mind for sure, and I agree.

      I’ll gladly take 2 of 3, of course.

      • ropeadope

        I still want the three game sweep.

        (furiously working on time machine – must convince Joe to skip Hiroki’s turn in rotation)

        • Robinson Tilapia

          How will you get a 1978 Ron Guidry to start this game instead?

          • ropeadope

            You figure that out while I try to lay my hands on a working flux capacitor. I plan on making a side trip to Saratoga to bet the superfecta. Want a piece?

    • OldYanksFan

      This could be possible.
      I will point out that Texas has a very easy schedule.
      Oakland also has an easy schedule.
      TB has a somewhat tough schedule.
      Boston has the most difficult schedule.

      Is there enough time left for Boston to choke into 3rd place?

      With this years terrible LAA, cellar dweller Houston and the always weak Seattle, the leaders in the West have a big advantage.

      • BigBlueAL

        Yeah, I agree that I doubt both WC spots will go to AL East teams. Cant see either Oakland or Texas losing enough to drop out of a WC spot although Texas did collapse at the end of last season and have been very streaky this season. Oakland I dunno I look at that team and it just doesnt exactly scare me.

        It does look like the 3 easiest teams for the Yankees to pass to get the 2nd WC spot are the Indians, O’s and Red Sox.

        • trr

          That’s the clearest path-

  • Kramerica Industries

    FFS, Michael Kay skipped out on ANOTHER series at Tropicana Field?

    He wasn’t there in April, and I don’t think he was there in May, either. What the hell is it with that guy?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      On the bright side, good to see Sweet Lou standing upright.

      • Kramerica Industries

        On the brighter side, thank g-d I won’t be listening to him this weekend.

        And that’s not because I would be stuck with the Rays crew even if I was staying at home. I can’t stand the Rays POV anymore, so I use the internet third party streams to find YES if I can. But Lou Piniella is just so horrifically bad in the booth, and someone mentioned in the GT that the Yankees basically never win when he’s in the booth. I know, the two have nothing to do with each other, but it doesn’t make listening to him anymore tolerable. I mean, I can barely recall Tino Martinez being in the booth, but I do know they swept a four-game series from Oakland one time he was in the booth, which made his incredible stumbling penchant a bit more tolerable.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I find him to have a drunken senile uncle charm in the booth.

          • vicki

            with ya.

            • dkidd

              i’m generally more annoyed than charmed, but i enjoyed the half inning where lou and coney reminisced about the 1990 reds while singleton desperately tried to bring them back to the game

  • Dalek Jeter

    We were eventually going to lose again, I mean even the best teams in baseball lose occasionally. Hopefully this is just a bump in the road for both Kuroda and the offense, and the offense rebounds tomorrow while Kuroda comes out strong in 4 days.

    • Robinson Tilapia


  • OldYanksFan

    What’s the over/under on CC sucking tomorrow?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’ll go with the reverse Eddard tomorrow. CC beats Price.

  • Kramerica Industries

    At least the Red Sox lost.

  • forensic

    In barely over 2 hours, the Red Sox and Dodgers game is over.

    With nothing really invested it was a pretty damn boring game (I’m an offensive person over a pitching person anyway). But I particularly like the Dodgers RADIO guys (Charley Steiner and someone) talking about how some people would think it’s a boring game but it’s actally not because you could WATCH the catchers move around behind the plate to receive the pitches, you could SEE the pitchers making great pitches, and WATCH a great duel between pitchers.

    Nice job guys…

  • vicki

    dodgers’ eighteenth shut-out. nolasco threw a two-hit gem against a team that murders rhp. and jansen makes you wonder why they gave league all that money.

    • ropeadope

      I plan on watching the game shortly. Serves Red Sox right for missing both Greinke / Kershaw this series after missing both Bumgarner / Cain last series against San Fran.

    • dkidd

      jansen is just awesome. no emotion on the mound, like he’s been closing for a decade

      nolasco had a ton of help from the gods of babip

  • forensic

    Cubs go up 6-0 before they even make an out in the 1st inning, knocking out the Padres starter before he finishes the inning, and yet they still lose 8-6.

    That must really suck.

    • Pinkie Pie

      The Cubs really suck.