The Yankees bounced back from their loss to the Red Sox on Friday by beating them 5-2 on Saturday afternoon. Hiroki Kuroda, who allowed two runs in seven innings, pitched his third dominating start in a row, and proved that he should have played in the All-Star Game. Chris Stewart also made the defensive play of the year.
He know has an outstanding 2.65 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Kuroda has been the Yankees best starter this season and CC Sabathia has been the second. The Yankees will need Kuroda and Sabathia to pitch like aces for the rest of the season. However, it is a great sign that Kuroda continued his stellar pitching after the All-Star break. Also, this was a bounce back start for Kuroda because in his first start against the Red Sox, on June 2, Kuroda allowed eight hits and three runs in 5.1 innings.
Brett Gardner, Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez each had three hits and Gardner and Overbay drove in a run apiece. Luis Cruz was 1-3, stole one base, scored three runs and drove in Nunez, which added up to a solid all around game. Robinson Cano’s RBI in the seventh gave the Yankees all the runs that they would need.
Mariano Rivera saved his 31st game of the season and now has two effective outings in a row after blowing a save against Baltimore on July 7. After previously pitching in 53 games at Fenway Park in his career, Rivera got likely his only ovation from the Boston fans. They know that he is a baseball legend and were giving him respect. This was Rivera’s 35th career save at Fenway Park.
Regarding the standing ovation in Boston, Overbay said: That doesn’t surprise me. He deserves it. I think everybody is embracing what he has done as a pitcher, so it’s well deserving and shows you the respect they have for him.”
With the win, the Yankees snapped their three-game losing streak and they had also previously lost their last three games to the Red Sox.
Besides Derek Jeter’s catch where he dove into the stands at Fenway Park on July 1, 2004, Chis Stewart’s outstanding defensive play in the eighth inning ranks as one of the best in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry in recent memory. This was a critical play because if the double play was not converted then Boston would have had a runner on second with two outs, with a 4-2 score.
Here is the video where where Chris Stewart caught a ball in about the second row near home plate and then threw out Daniel Nava to complete the double play.