On a day where Hip Hip Jorge (Jorge Posada) threw out the first pitch, it was Hiroki Kuroda who stole the show. The free agent pick up showed Yankee fans why he was worth signing, even at age 38. He got ahead in nearly every count, and had the opposing squad(LA Angels) totally off balance with his off-speed pitches. He threw 8+ innings, and was given a standing ovation upon his exit in the top of the ninth.
Another highlight was A-Rod matching Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all time homerun list with 630 homeruns. It was vintage A-Rod, belting a shot just right of center field. If he could get back to hitting like that, the Yankees will be in good shape. A-Rod had 3 hits in 4 at bats, and brought his average back above the mendoza line, where it belongs. Lets hope this game is launching pad for the rest of his season.
Curtis Granderson added his second homerun of the year with a lined shot to right field, and Nick Swisher continued his clutch hitting with a bases clearing double in the first inning.
After a sluggish start, New York has won 4 in a row, and, until today, you can’t say they were performing on all cylinders. Phil Hughes is scheduled to start tommorow, and if you read my previous post, you’ll understand my concern.