Yankees leave em loaded in the ninth during loss to Royals


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The Yankees had the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but failed to score even a single run as they lost to the Royals 5-1 at Yankee Stadium on Monday night.

Phil Hughes started and gave up two runs on a Billy Butler home run and a RBI-double in the second. He was knocked out of the game after four innings due to a rain delay. He was relieved by Adam Warren, who pitched 3.2 solid innings of relief before Preston Claiborne entered the game and gave up two runs in a shaky ninth.

Not that Claiborne’s shaky ninth mattered much. The only run the Yankees scored was on Lyle Overbay‘s seventh inning solo home run. They didn’t get another extra-base hit besides that though and stranded each of their other 11 base runners.

• Brett Gardner was on fire for about a month or so there, but his 0-for-4 night was a reminder that he’s been cold for a little while now. He’s hitting just .040/.111/.080 in his last six games.

• Vernon Wells, of all people, is heating up. He went 2-for-4, his fourth multi-hit game in July, and has hit .444/.444/.500 in his last six games.

• Travis Ishikawa, is hitting just .105/.150/.105 in a mere seven games this season. He went 0-for-2 in his Yankee debut before being lifted for Overbay, who then smacked that homer in the seventh.

• Travis Hafner occasionally runs into a pitch and drills it, but he has been consistently bad since May. He went 0-for-4 on Monday and has hit just .181/.265/.313 in his last 49 games. Maybe Ishikawa should be taking time away from him and not Overbay.

Photo credit: (July 7, 2013 – Source: Mike Stobe/Getty Images North America).


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