One pitch. If Hiroki Kuroda doesn't leave that full-count fastball in a hittable spot for Mike Carp, who knows if the Yankees' 1-0 loss to Seattle ends differently?
That's how slim the margin for error was Saturday for Kuroda in his duel with Felix Hernandez. Seattle scored the only run of the game in the second on a leadoff double by John Jaso and Carp's two-out single. With Jaso on third and one out, Kuroda got Casper Wells to pop up, but he couldn't close the deal by getting Carp, who entered the at-bat hitting .207.
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"If he gets a hit, I think it's a mistake pitch," said Kuroda, who escaped a first-and-third, one-out jam in the sixth. "Rather than give up a walk, I wanted to attack the zone and he got a hit.''
Even in a losing effort, Kuroda (10-8, 3.19 ERA) continued his dominance during the daylight hours. Carp's single ended his scoreless streak in daytime starts at 31 innings -- the longest since Greg Maddux went 32 innings for the Braves in 1998, according to Elias. Kuroda has held opponents to one or no earned runs in nine starts this year.
Ichiro Suzuki's single extended his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest of any player to begin his Yankees career after an in-season trade. Overall, he is tied with Mariano Duncan (1996) and Everett Scott (1922) for the second-longest streak to begin a Yankees career behind Don Slaught's 12-game streak to begin the 1988 season. Ichiro also has the club record for the longest streak of having exactly one hit in each game. He is 11-for-43 (.256) in his 11 games . . . The Yankees have lost their last seven games decided by one run, their longest stretch since they also dropped seven in 1995. They have lost 10 of 15, with seven losses by one run and two by two runs.