Hiroki Kuroda Rises in Post-Deadline Start

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda makes an eyes-closed delivery against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 in San Diego.Los Angeles Dodger right-hander Hiroki Kuroda discovered several ways to satisfaction for his loyalty to his team, although in one more punchless performance from the offense in a 1-0 win over the last-place San Diego Padres.

In his first start since refusing an opportunity to be traded to a playoff contender, Kuroda rose to the occasion with seven lock out innings of four-hit ball.

It is no surprise that he was so desired by the Red Sox, Yankees and Rangers.

Kuroda struck out eight and walked two en route to breaking a four-game losing streak, in spite of the lack of run support to which he has all but grown accustomed.  His 7-13 record is only justified by a relatively genuine 2.96 ERA.

Even though there is no award for raising his no-trade clause over the weekend on a team out of contention, Kuroda could get fulfillment from the reality that he stood on standard, as he had assured to stick with the Dodgers for this one season.

Kuroda said, “I have many thoughts about remaining with this team. I know I can’t be sloppy out there on the mound, and wanted to win no matter what. There was no particular pitch that I relied on but I got a lot of movement on the ball. My location was good.”

The only run of the Dodgers came after Dee Gordon bunted for a single in the fourth and went to third on groundouts by Casey Blake and Aaron Miles.  Matt Kemp singled Gordon home for a 1-0 lead.

Hideki Matsui in other action went 3 for 4 to strike securely in his 11th successive game in a 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.  Ichiro Suzuki was 0 for 4 for Seattle.

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