Royals beat Yankees 4-3
13 hits and 3 measly runs to show for it. That was the story of the Yankees (13-12) game against the Kansas City Royals (8-16) on Thursday night. The Royals ended up winning 4-3. The Yankees failed to score with runners in scoring position in the 1st, 4th, 7th, 8th and 9th innings. The Kansas City Royals had yet to win a game at home this season (0-10) coming into this game.
Yankees rookie David Phelps making his first career start went four innings gave up two runs and six hits. The Royals got on the board in the second inning thanks to a Mike Moustakas solo home run, his fourth of the season. Royals first basemen Eric Hosmer would add an RBI single in the 3rd and a Mike Moustakas two-run single in the 5th inning off D.J. Mitchell proved to be the difference in the game.
The Yankees got on the board in the third inning thanks to a Mark Teixeira RBI double. They would add the other two runs via Eduardo Nunez and Mark Teixeira sac-flys in the 6th and 7th innings respectively. Derek Jeter had yet another multi-hit game. He went 4-5 with a double and two runs scored. He is now leading the majors in hits and is batting .404.
The Yankees rallied in the ninth down by a run. Derek Jeter led off with a single and Curtis Granderson followed with a walk. Mark Teixeira killed the rally grounding into a double play then A-Rod after a lengthy at bat against Royals closer Jonathon Broxton eventually grounded out to third ending the game.
Mariano Rivera tore his ACL shagging fly balls before the game. Sad, sad day for the Yankee players, fans and community.
The Yankees will play the Royals again Friday night. C.C Sabathia (3-0 4.58) will start for the Yankees, Bruce Chen (0-3 4.23) for the Royals. Pregame starts at 7:30, first pitch at 8:10 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.