This one was a pitchers' duel for sure, and when that happens the Yankees usually come out on the losing end thanks to their pathetic offense. That was the case last night as they dropped the series opener to the Royals 1-0. Michael Pineda wasn't as sharp or as nasty as he was on August 25th, but he was still very good. The only run KC got against him came thanks to a Chase Headley error at third base. His botch put Alcides Escobar at second base with 1 out in the 3rd and Norichika Aoki's base hit up the middle brought him home. That was all KC would get. Pineda only allowed 1 more hit after that and finished 7 strong innings with 11 straight outs.
That 1 run was all the Royals would need, however, as James Shield was even better than Pineda. The Yankee lineup had no answer for him. The only real scoring chance they had was when Brett Gardner double and Carlos Beltran got hit by a pitch with 2 outs in the 4th. Chase Headley singled in the 5th and Derek Jeter singled in the 9th. That was it. You can't score if you don't hit and you can't win if you don't score.
- Both teams were 3-30 at the plate with 8 strikeouts and 0 walks. You don't see that every day.
- Dropped down to the 6th spot in the lineup, Teix went 0-3 with 3 K.
- Moved up to 5th, Brian McCann also went 0-3 and left 2 guys on base. His pop out to third base ended the Yankees' only real scoring chance with 2 on and 2 out in the 4th.
- Pineda has now allowed 2 or fewer runs in each one of his 9 starts this season. He's allowed 1 or fewer 6 times and 0 twice. He's taken the loss in his last 2 starts and is 3-4 on the year.