Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Yankees offensive woes continue in Kansas City as they drop another one

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Kansas City Royals by the score of 5-1 on Saturday night. The game was in Kansas City, Missouri and the Royals came into this series 0-10 at home. The Royals have now taken two out of the first three games of the series. The Yankees scored three runs in three games against the Orioles at home before this series. Although they have done a little better in the three games here so far, they scored once Saturday night and were shutout on Thursday night. They did score six runs on Friday night but four of them came in one inning. The Yankees offense is very anemic right now and they need to get it turned around. Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees and didn’t make it past the fifth inning. The bullpen did ok but not great. Curtis Granderson led the Yankees offense with a couple of hits. 
Kuroda pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up three runs on six hits with two of them being earned. He walked three and struck out two. Kuroda is now 2-4 on the season. Clay Rapada faced one batter and retired him, Cody Eppley pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit, two runs and a walk and Boone Logan pitched an inning giving up a hit and a walk. Freddy Garcia pitched two innings giving up a walk and striking out one. Felipe Paulino picked up his first win for the Royals. He pitched six innings giving up four hits and no runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Jose Mijares pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run and struck out one batter, Kelvin Herrera pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and struck out one and Tim Collins pitched one inning giving up a hit and striking out a batter.

Granderson had two hits, Alex Rodriguez drew a walk and Robinson Cano had a hit. Raul Ibanez had a hit, Russell Martin had three hits and an RBI and Eduardo Nunez had a hit and drew a walk. Granderson had two doubles, Martin and Nunez each had one. Martin also hit a homerun. The Yankees were 0-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. They have had a big problem with that this year, last year as well especially in the postseason. Jeter committed an error

Tyler Dyson had an RBI for the Royals. Alex Gordon had four hits and an RBI, Billy Butler had two hits and three RBI and drew a walk and Eric Hosmer drew a walk. Jeff Francoeur had a hit and drew a walk, Mike Moustakas drew a walk and Chris Getz drew two walks. Alex Escobar had a hit. Butler had two doubles and Gordon had a double. The Royals were 3-14 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base. Escobar and Getz each had a stolen base. Francoeur had an outfield assist.

In the first inning Butler hit a two run double giving the Royals a 2-0 lead. In the fifth Butler had an RBI double extending the lead to 3-0. In the sixth Dyson hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 and Gordon hit an RBI double to make it 5-0. The Yankees scored their only run on a Martin homerun in the seventh inning.

The Yankees record dropped to 14-13 and the Royals improved their record to 9-17. The two teams will wrap up their four game series on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees will go for the split and the Royals will be looking to take three out of four. Phil Hughes will make the start in maybe his final audition as they could move him back to the bullpen with the loss of Mariano Rivera. The Yankees offense just has not been able to get going. They have sorely missed Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher but they still have guys in the lineup that can get it done. They just aren’t producing right now and it is frustrating.

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