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 posi...