By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 8th, 2014
New York Yankees vs Kansas City Royals Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 1 Royals 2
The 2014 New York Yankees have a major problem already, as their new look offense is not working right now. On Sunday their poor offense was on full display against the Kansas City Royals, only scoring one run in the loss. The defeat moves the Yankees back to .500 at (31-31), which is six games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.
For the second straight start Hiroki Kuroda pitched very well for the Yankees and deserved a win, but on Sunday with the horrendous offense, Kuroda was handed his fourth loss of the season. Kuroda went seven innings allowing just two runs on five hits, and two walks.
The second inning was the only inning when the Royals got to Kuroda, as after a Salvador Perez single, Lorenzo Cain hit a RBI double to score Perez, and then Mike Moustakas hit an RBI single to score Cain, which was the final run the Royals would score in the game.
Big game James Shields wasn’t fantastic on Sunday, but with the Yankees offensive futility, especially with runners in scoring position, Shields was able to grab his seventh win of the season. Shields had to work hard throwing 110 pitches in his six innings of work, but he didn’t allow an earned run, while allowing six hits and two walks, and he was able to make the Yankees swing and miss with eight strikeouts.
On a day when the Yankees went an inexcusable one for 17 with runners in scoring position, the only run that they did score came in the sixth inning, with Yangervis Solarte hitting a double, and then a passed ball by Perez moved him to Third Base. Ichiro Suzuki would be the only Yankee to do some situational hitting with a groundout that scored Solarte.
Kansas City got great performances from their bullpen in the close game, as Aaron Crow, and Wade Davis both pitched well in the seventh and eighth innings, combining for three strikeouts, and just allowed one hit. In the ninth the Yankees had a great chance to tie the game against one of the better Closer’s in baseball in Greg Holland, as Ichiro had a lead-off base-hit and then advanced to Second Base on wild pitch with none out. In prime position to score a run, the Yankees offense would falter, as Brian Roberts would fly-out to Left Field, pinch-hitter Mark Teixeira would ground-out to First Base, and then Brett Gardner would strikeout to end the game.
Next up for the Yankees will be the final game of the four-game series in Kansas City on Monday, as Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.33) will be facing off against Jason Vargas (5-2, 3.28).