Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Yankees continue to struggle as they lose at home to the Royals

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Kansas City Royals by the score of 6-0 on Monday night. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx,NY on a rainy night. The building didn’t have many people in it and those that were there didn’t have anything to cheer about. The building just like the team was dead. The Yankees are now a 500 team in last place tied with the Boston Red Sox. They are five games behind the division leading Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees continued to struggle with runners in scoring position and Hiroki Kuroda wasn’t great but he battled on this night. 
Kuroda pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and three runs with three walks and four strikeouts. He took his sixth loss of the season. Cody Eppley pitched to one batter and retired him, Clay Rapada pitched an inning giving up a run and a walk and he struck out one batter and Freddy Garcia pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up five hits and two runs with a walk. Felipe Paulino won his second game of the season and both have come against the Yankees. He pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up six hits and no runs with two walks and he struck out eight batters. Tim Collins pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and a walk and he struck out two and Aaron Crow pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Derek Jeter had a hit, Curtis Granderson drew two walks and Robinson Cano drew a walk. Alex Rodriguez had two hits, Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez each had a hit. Russell Martin had two hits. Chavez, Rodriguez, Martin and Teixeira each had a double. The Yankees were 0-13 with runners in scoring position and they left 10 men on base. Granderson had an outfield assist.

Jarrod Dyson drew a walk for the Royals. Eric Hosmer had a hit, RBI and drew a walk, Billy Butler had three hits and drew a walk and Mike Moustakas had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk. Jeff Francoeur had a hit and two RBI, Alex Gordon had two hits and drew a walk and Alcides Escobar had two hits. Chris Getz and Irving Falu each had a hit. Hosmer, Gordon and Falu each had a double. Moustakas and Francoeur each hit a homerun. The Royals were 1-12 with runners in scoring position and they left 11 men on base. Dyson had a stolen base.

In the first inning Moustakas hit a two run homerun giving the Royals a 2-0 lead. In the third inning Hosmer hit an RBI double to make it 3-0 Royals. The Royals would extend the lead in the seventh inning on a Francoeur two run homerun making it 5-0. The final run of the game scored in the eighth inning. Garcia threw a wild pitch and Falu scored the run. 6-0 was the final score.

The Yankees saw their record drop to 500 at 21-21. The Royals saw their record improve to 17-24. The Yankees are now tied for last place in the AL East. They haven’t been in last place this late in a season since 1990. The Royals have now won three of the five games the two teams have played this season. The two teams will play two more games Tuesday and Wednesday nights. The Yankees will try to even the series up at one on Tuesday night.

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