Without anything approaching his best command, Hiroki Kuroda held the Chicago White Sox to two runs over six innings on Saturday to earn his ninth win of the season in a 5-3 victory for the New York Yankees.
Before 47,594 at Yankee Stadium where recently inducted Hall of Famer Joe Torre was honored, Kuroda had trouble locating his fastball for most of the game, while his command of his splitter and slider came and went. Despite that, he held the White Sox to just five hits and two walks, while striking out six.
"My condition wasn't that good," Kuroda said. "I was determined not to give in. On a day that was tough from a physical standpoint, it is big to be able to get a win. If I can keep pitching tough like this, it stands to reason that the team will have a chance to win."