Yankees go 1-for-17 with RISP in 2-1 loss to Royals

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The Yankees had countless chances to score against James Shields and the Royals. However, after going 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position, the Yankees were unable to overcome a 2-1 deficit, losing to the Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hiroki Kuroda did everything the Yankees had asked for, going seven innings while giving up two runs on four hits and striking out three. Adam Warren pitched a scoreless eighth inning. This was a perfectly winnable start, but the Yankees only scored one run in the sixth inning on an Ichiro Suzuki groundout.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees are slated to play against the Royals in the series finale before the Yankees make their way Seattle to play the Mariners. Vidal Nuno will take the mound with hopes the Yankees can split this series while Jason Vargas will take the mound for the Royals. First pitch is at 8:07 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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One Response to Yankees go 1-for-17 with RISP in 2-1 loss to Royals

  1. Robert Rufa says:

    Pathetic–a fine starting effort by Kuroda wasted. Score just TWO of those 17 RISP left on base and it's a win. JUST TWO! They couldn't even manage a sac fly! I haven't seen anything this bad since the CBS era. Maybe the Steinbrenner boys aren't scary enough. The only off-season acquisition I was optimistic about was Tanaka, and so far he hasn't let fans down.

    Meanwhile, I love Jeter, but it's time to drop him in the lineup. It happens to the best of 'em. He should even offer to do it, and to start phasing out. The best players of the past did it. Phil Rizzuto played 81 and 31 games in his last two years as NY made the transition to a new starting SS.

    I would also play Suzuki more, and put him in the leadoff spot for a while, see if he can get things going. He does get a fair number of walks. Bat Gardner 2nd and Solarte 3rd, Tex in cleanup. McCann 5. When Cervelli returns I'd use him at first to spell Tex or when Tex is DH, and to back up McCann (who isn't performing either). Kelly is expendable because he's not contributing much in any role. I'd bat Cervelli and Ellsbury 7, then Jeter 8 and whoever's at SS 9. Unless he goes on the DL for his elbow, Beltran can DH. Soriano I'd use if we needed a strike-out with the bases loaded.