Stat Line Of The Night — 8/14/12 — Hiroki Kuroda
In a battle between the American League’s top two teams, the New York Yankees were looking to increase the gap between themselves and the second-place Texas Rangers by earning wins in the first two games of their four-game set. Monday’s victory was the result of some solid hitting, as the Yanks opened the series with an 8-2 win. As for last night, it was the pitching that would get the job done for the Bronx Bombers, as starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda was nearly perfect during the Yankees’ 3-0 victory.
The Japanese righty allowed just four Rangers base runners all game, as he gave up two hits and two walks while striking out five during his first complete-game shutout of the season.
With the win, Kuroda now has 11 on the season, which equals his second-best season total (2010 with the Dodgers, when we finished with an 11-13 record). Not only is he on pace to record a new career-high in wins this season, but with an 11-8 record, it also appears as though he will record his first winning season since 2009, when he was 8-7. He certainly appears to be playing the best ball of his MLB career at the moment, and he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, August 14, 2012.