Sunday, August 17, 2008

Game 123: Kansas City @ New York

Game Date: August 16, 2008
Yankees 3, Royals 2 / Box Score
WP: Robertson (3-0), LP: Fulchino (0-1)
Royal Home Runs: Gordon (14)
Royals Record: 55-68

Two runs shouldn't be enough to beat the evil Yankees, but it should have been enough yesterday--given the way Zack Greinke pitched (0 earned runs, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K, in 6.2 IP).

Unfortunately three errors and a wild pitch by the Royals in the seventh inning allowed two runs to score, tying the game 2-2, and eventually forced it into extra innings.

The evil Yankees won in the bottom of the thirteenth inning when Brett Gardner, who is hitting .176, singled in the winning run.

Obviously, our bullpen was stretched, and they walked too many guys (5), but they kept the Yankees off the board until the thirteenth inning, which at least gave us a chance to overcome our poor defensive effort to win the game. But the Yankees bullpen was even better, not allowing any runs over the final 6.2 innings.

Mitch Maier had a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-5, raising his average to .352. David DeJesus was 2-for-6. And Mark Teahen was 2-for-4.

This afternoon, the Royals will look to win the series when Brian Bannister (7-11, 5.36) goes up against Mike Mussina (15-7, 3.30). Bannister is 1-1 in his career against the evil Yankees with a 9.45 ERA in 13.1 IP. Mussina is 17-7 against the Royals with a 2.96 ERA in 240.1 IP.

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