James Shields Shuts Down The Yankees 3-1
C.C. Sabathia did what he could to will his club to victory, but the Yankee offense was quiet again as the team fell to the Royals 3-1.
James Shields, who is notorious for his struggles at Yankee Stadium, pitched seven masterful innings, settling in after a rocky first to efficiently handle New York’s struggling line-up. Robinson Cano drove home Brett Gardner to put the Bombers up 1-0 in the bottom of the first frame, but the team was unable to capitalize on a bases loaded, one out opportunity afterwards that would have put Kansas City in a difficult early hole. Shields settled down in impressive fashion after that, not allowing a runner to reach base after the third inning. It was the third straight game that the Yankees were unable to score more than one run.
C.C. Sabathia pitched very well despite a few mistakes, going the distance and striking out six in the hard luck loss. Sabathia allowed solo homers to David Lough and Billy Butler in the 6th and 7th innings respectively, and an RBI double by Eric Hosmer in the 8th, otherwise pitching a very effectively.
The loss is the third straight for the Yankees, which drops them down to 4th in the highly contested A.L. East.