MLB Game Summary - NY Yankees at LA Dodgers|
(Wednesday, July 31st)
Final Score: NY Yankees 3, LA Dodgers 0
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay singled home the
go-ahead run as part of a three-run ninth inning that lifted the New York
Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday in the finale
of a brief two-game interleague set at Dodger Stadium.
Starting pitching was the story for much of the night, as New York's Hiroki
Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers exchanged zeros throughout their
Kuroda struck out eight over seven stellar innings of five-hit ball, while
Kershaw fanned five and scattered five hits over eight efficient frames.
Boone Logan (3-2) relieved Kuroda in the eighth and stranded Dodgers on first
and second before New York captain Derek Jeter led off the ninth with a walk
against LA reliever Ronald Belisario.
After consecutive fielder's choices found Robinson Cano on second with two
outs, Belisario (4-6) intentionally walked pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki before
being lifted in favor of Paco Rodriguez.
Rodriguez quickly got Overbay in an 0-2 hole, but the lefty slugger lofted a
single into shallow center field to score Cano for a 1-0 lead.
"(Rodriguez) was able to hang a slider and I got good wood on it," Overbay
remarked. "We have to take care of business."
Jayson Nix then lifted a fly ball into shallow right field that second baseman
Mark Ellis appeared to have under control, but Yasiel Puig came charging in
from right field and knocked the ball out of Ellis' glove, allowing Suzuki and
Overbay to score for a 3-0 lead.
"It was a pop up in a weird spot," Ellis said. "I heard Yasiel at the
last minute and I just dropped it, simple as that."
Mariano Rivera made quick work of the Dodgers in the ninth, needing just 12
pitches to secure his 34th save of the season.
New York won for the second time in their last three games, while the Dodgers
wrapped up a six-game homestand at 4-2.
The Yankees nearly got to Kershaw in the second when Vernon Wells and Brent
Lillibridge smacked consecutive one-out singles to put runners on the corners,
but Kershaw got Nix to pop out to shortstop before grounding out Chris Stewart
to escape the threat unscathed.
Kuroda's only trouble came in the seventh, when Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis
stroked back-to-back two-out singles. The right-hander promptly fanned Skip
Schumaker to keep the score locked at 0-0.
Kuroda went 3-0 in five starts in July and allowed just two runs while issuing
six walks in 33 innings ... The Dodgers had won four straight games ... LA
went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base
... Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 0-for-4 to snap his 11-game hit
streak ... Prior to the game, the Dodgers acquired catcher Drew Butera from
the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.
08/01 02:07:34 ET