By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 9th, 2013
Kansas City Royals vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Royals 3 Yankees 1
For the third straight game the Yankees offense was only able to score one run, and for the third straight game the Yankees lost. The loss moves the Yankees to (48-42) on the season, which is six games behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East.
Facing familiar foe James Shields, who is no stranger from facing the Yankees when he played for the Tampa Bay Rays, but this Yankee lineup couldn’t do much against Shields. The Yankees got their only run off Shields in the first inning with a Robinson Cano single that scored Brett Gardner, but the Yankees could have gotten much more, as they loaded the bases. The Yankees however had Lyle Overbay strikeout and Eduardo Nunez flew out ending a chance to get to Shields for more runs. Shields would pick up his fourth win of the season, by going seven innings allowing just one run on five hits and two walks.
Yankees Starter C.C. Sabathia certainly pitched well enough to earn a win on Tuesday night, but instead he got his seventh loss of the season. Kansas City got to Sabathia in the sixth inning, as David Lough hit a solo-home run, which was his third of the year. In the seventh Billy Butler would his second home run of the series, which was another solo-home run, and his eighth of the season. The final run for the Royals came in the eighth inning, as Eric Hosmer hit a ground-rule double to score Alcides Escobar. Sabathia got the complete game, and only allowed the three runs on seven hits, two walks, and had six strikeouts.
Tim Collins and Greg Holland pitched the eighth and ninth innings, as Collins got his 12th hold of the season, and then Holland got his 22nd save of the season.
The main problem for the Yankees continues to be hitting the baseball, and there weak lineup showed on Tuesday, as their four thru eight hitters only were able to muster up one hit. Travis Hafner, Zoilo Almonte, Lyle Overbay, Eduardo Nunez, Luis Cruz were the four thru eight hitters, and they went a combined one for 17 with six strikeouts.
The Yankees will look to snap their three-game losing streak on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the four game series, as Ivan Nova (3-2, 4.09) will be facing Wade Davis (4-7, 5.42).