<a href="http://NYYUniverse.com/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-feed-statistics/feed-statistics.php?url=aHR0cDovL05ZWVVuaXZlcnNlLmNvbS9nYW1lLWRheS9nYW1lLTI3LWt1cm9kYS1vZmZlbnNlLXN0cnVnZ2xlcy1jb250aW51ZS9hdHRhY2htZW50L2dtMjdmZWF0Lw==" rel=\"attachment wp-att-5646\">
New York Yankees 1 — Kansas City Royals 5
Hiroki Kuroda couldn’t go deep in tonight’s 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
In 4.1 innings, Kuroda needed 91 pitches for 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits, 3 walks, and 2 strikeouts. Billy Butler was a big problem in Kuroda’s start as a pair of doubles by the Royals designated hitter brought in three runs. Cody Eppley also gave up a pair of runs in tonight’s loss.
Curtis Granderson hit a pair of doubles but one double involved a lapse in judgment later in that inning. In the 6th inning, after a double by Granderson, a fly out to right field by Alex Rodriguez became a double play when Jeff Francoeur threw out the advancing Granderson at third base. The offense came from Russell Martin who was 3 for 4, raising his average over .200. Two of his hits were extra base hits as he got a home run in the 7th and a double in the 9th. Unfortunately, the offensive struggles are clearly evident as the Yankees were hitless with runners in scoring position (0 for 9).
Win – Felipe Paulino (1-0)
Loss – Hiroki Kuroda (2-4)
*Russell Martin – 3 for 4, R, 2B, Solo Home Run (3) in the 7th, RBI (7)
*Curtis Granderson – 2 for 4, 2 2B
*Billy Butler – 2 for 4, BB, 2 2B, 3 RBI (19)
*Alex Gordon – 4 for 5, 2 R, 2B, RBI (14)
Current Yankees Record: 14-13