Game 35: Royals 11, Yankees 5

The Yankees continued to search for their first hit through the early innings.  Cabrera homered at the start of the fourth and Gordon followed with a double.  A single by Butler put the Royals up 8-0 and Nova’s night was over.  Amaury Sanit, called up just this afternoon, made his major league debut.  He struck out Francoeur before giving up a single to the hot hitting Hosmer.  Sanit shook it off and got Betemit and Treanor down in order, but the Yankees’ offense had a lot of work to do.

After four innings the Yankees were still hitless, but they finally got to work in the bottom of the fifth.  Cano homered to right and Nick Swisher followed with a double. Brett Gardner singled, moving Swisher to third. Eduardo Nunez worked a walk to load the bases, and Cervelli doubled to left, plating two runs for the Bronx Bombers.  A sac fly from Derek Jeter scored Nunez and the Yankees had cut the Royals’ lead in half, as the score sat at 8-4.

Sanit gave up a one out single to Butler in the sixth.  He got Francoeur to ground out to first, moving Butler to third.  Hosmer connected on a check swing, and the ball stayed fair down the left field line.  Seriously, this kid is so hot right now he gets RBI extra base hits when he isn’t even trying.  Sanit intentionally walked Betemit and then another passed ball moved them each over.  Treanor walked, loading the bases, but Sanit got Alcides Escobar to ground out, ending the inning with the Royals hanging onto a 9-5 lead.

In the top of the eighth, Sanit was still on the mound. He hit Francoeur with a pitch and gave up a two-out ground-rule double to Betemit.  Sanit then hit Treanor with a pitch and Buddy Carlyle came in to the game.  He immediately gave up a two-run double to Escobar and the Yankees were down 11-4.  A solo homer by Alex Rodriguez gave the Yankees another run in the bottom of the eighth, but that was all the fight the Yankees seemed to have in them, as they took an 11-5 loss to Kansas City.

Bronx Cheers: Ivan Nova: It was not all his fault, errors and passed balls seemed to plague the Yankees’ defense, but Nova was not good Thursday night.  He lasted just three innings and gave up eight runs (only four were earned) on ten hits.  He gave up two homers and two walks, while striking out just two hitters.

Curtis Granderson: Grandy was 0-4 and left three runners on base.  He did make a great diving catch in center early on, however.

Francisco Cervelli’s defense: Cervelli had one of those Jekyll and Hyde kind of games.  He did his job at the plate, but he was part of the problem in the field.  A throwing error and two passed balls made for an ugly game behind the dish, and did little to help the Yankees keep the Royals close.

Curtain Calls: Brett Gardner: Gardner was the only Yankee to pick up more than one hit, going 2-4 with a run scored.

Francisco Cervelli at the plate: While Cervelli may not have had his best game behind the plate, he did a solid job at it.  He went 1-3 with a walk and two RBIs.

Robinson Cano and Alex Rodriguez: Both had homers and went 1-4.  Cano, however, had a throwing error that cost the Yankees some runs.

Amaury Sanit: I debated this one, and almost created an Honorable Mention category just for him, but I am giving Sanit a Curtain Call tonight.  Partly, it is because I didn’t see many notable performances from the Yankees today, but mostly it is because I was impressed with how Sanit handled getting called up today and thrown right into a tough situation.  He gave them four solid innings of relief work before falling apart in the eighth and having Carlyle give up a couple inherited runs.  Sanit went 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on four hits.  He struck out two hitters and walked two.  It was clear he was done in the eighth, however, when he hit two batters and loaded the bases.  Still, it was not a bad outing for his major league debut.

In The On Deck Circle: New York will try to put this ugly series behind them as they invite their bitter rivals to the Stadium.  The Red Sox will send Clay Buchholz to the mound.  He is coming off his best start this season, though it lasted only five innings due to rain.  Buchholz struck out six and gave up just two hits.  He has not fared particularly well against the Yankees.  In 31.2 innings of work he is 1-3 with a 6.25 ERA.  The Yankees have Bartolo Colon set to start on Friday.  He is coming off his first really ugly game of the season, and could use a strong start to quell (or continue to stir up?) the controversy surrounding his stem cell procedure.  Colon lasted just 4.1 innings in Texas, giving up five runs.  Earlier this season, the veteran hurler threw 4.1 innings of relief against the Red Sox, giving up just one earned run.  The rivalry resumes at 7:05pm in the Bronx.

About Tamar Chalker

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

4 thoughts on “Game 35: Royals 11, Yankees 5

  1. Vaguely off-topic: I appreciate that it's early on, and I know that the batting lineup is something of a sacred cow, but I feel like it might be worth thinking about the order. Girardi looked like he had fun playing with Swisher's position in the first few weeks, and Gardner dripped down under he reached the lower depths. Moving Swisher seemed merely temporary, while the Gardner shift looks permanent barring total exclusion.

    The lineup seems more than ossified, and, at least for me, it's hard to see making any notable changes (aside from maybe switching Teixeira and Cano, which I think was mentioned on this blog, or perhaps elsewhere on ESPN — a troubling move at the least, because MT switch hits, and for other reasons). Hard to make changes — that is unless one was to shift Jeter into the bottom half. Any amount of simulating a season (ie. through the likes of MLB 11: The Show) indicate that Jeter should be six/seven in the lineup. That move would allow for more robustness at the top.

    But, of course, one can't under estimate the psychological impact that would have, aside from the fact that many would see it as totally uncool. Maybe not this year, then.

    • I think you are right, while there are reasons to look ST rethinking the lineup, it just doesn't look like any major changes will happen any time soon. Brien just posted something on this, focusing on Gardner. The fact that Gardner's resurgence seemed to coincide with him dropping to the bottom of the order makes me think he will be staying there for now. Likewise, if Jeter continues to get more hits (as he has over the past few weeks) I find it hard to believe they will consider moving him this year.

  2. Too bad the Yankees aren't a HS or college team – then the coach could have them run a few extra laps and maybe do 2 hours of infield drills after an exhibition like last night. What would your coach have done to you after a game like that, Tamar?

    That's what I thought. ;)

    Guys need to go back to being awake, paying attention, and maybe making a few plays. Nova wasn't sharp – but not even KC is so bad you can give them 4 or 5 outs per inning.

  3. I had the same thought Jay! My freshman year of college our field hockey team used to call ourselves the "running on grass with sticks" team. I think after the last couple games (or even few series) the Yankees coiuld use some good old fashioned practice punishment.

    Kansas City's offense seems to have shown it is strong enough you can't make mistakes against them and get away with too much. When you intentionally walk Wilson Betemit twice in a series, you know something isn't right.