By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 18th, 2014
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. New York Yankees Game 1 Double-Header Recap
Final Score: Pirates 3 Yankees 4
After what was a fairly easy win for the Yankees on Saturday afternoon, they were able to follow it up with another victory over the Pirates to take the first game of the double-header on Sunday, which ensures them an interleague series victory, with the possibly of a sweep later in the afternoon.
Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda wasn’t anything spectacular but did have a quality start for the Yankees by the statistical definition of it. Kuroda pitched six innings allowing three runs on five hits, two walk, and struck-out seven batters. Kuroda picked up his third victory of the season and his ERA is now at 4.61.
Kuroda did allow two homeruns in this game, as Neil Walker hit a solo-homerun in the first inning, and then in the fifth inning Tony Sanchez hit another solo-homerun. Later in the fifth inning the Pirates would score their final run of the game on an infield single by Walker.
The offense for the Yankees started off well in the first inning off of Charlie Morton. A single by Mark Teixeira would score the Yankees first two runs of the game, and then Brian McCann would follow him up with a RBI single of his own.
In the second inning Brett Gardner would hit a RBI double scoring Kelly Johnson, as it looked like Morton wouldn’t be lasting very long in the game. Morton would settle down after that however, as the Yankees would only get one base-hit in the next 17 plate appearances, saving the Pirates bullpen for Game 2.
Joe Girardi was forced to use four pitchers out of the bullpen, including asking David Robertson to get the final four outs of the game. Robertson would look good in earn his four-out save, as on his way to his eighth save of the season he struck-out three batters.
In Game 2 of the double-header the Yankees will be looking to sweep the Pirates, and keep them winless at Yankees Stadium since the 1960 World Series.