They danced with the Phillies about Michael Young and took calls from the Braves concerning Phil Hughes. Ultimately the Yankees’ lone acquisition before Wednesday’s trade deadline turned out to be Alfonso Soriano who they got from the Cubs last Friday. And for the second consecutive night the Yankees could have used another bat but Hiroki Kuroda Boone Logan and Mariano Rivera compensated for the lack of hitting in a thrilling 3-0 victory over the Dodgers in front of a sold-out Dodger Stadium crowd of 53013 that produced a “Let’s Go Yankees’’ chant in the ninth and cheers for Mariano Rivera strolled out of the bullpen. Kuroda’s lack of support continued. In his last six starts in which he is 3-1 the Yankees have scored 15 runs and two of them last night were unearned. In seven shutout innings Kuroda allowed five singles walked one and fanned eight. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw went eight frames didn’t allow a run or a walk and struck out five. “The Dodger lineup is good and I tried to be careful’’ Kuroda a former Dodger who lowered his ERA to 2.38. “My splitter was really [working] well.’’ Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay’s two-out two-strike single off lefty Paco Rodriguez in the ninth scored Robinson Cano from second with the game’s first run. Two more scored when second baseman Mark Ellis was bumped by right fielder Yasiel Puig while trying to catch Jayson Nix’ pop in short right. “You have to make sure he doesn’t throw the fastball’’ Overbay said of the slider-throwing Rodriguez. “You know he is going to try and throw the slider but he can sneak a fastball by you.’’ Later in the inning Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was ejected l for arguing an Overbay check swing call after making a pitching change . Presented with gifts by the Dodgers before the game Rivera recorded the final three outs for his 34th save.
Overbay hit lifts Yankees past Dodgers in L.A. pitcher’s duel
New York Post | Aug 1