The KC Royals probably should have stayed home this afternoon, as they lost the first game of their series in NY, 14-1.
It was 11-0 after two innings.
Just a few hours after I gave Jeremy Guthrie the Royals Pitcher of the Week award, he struggled to record outs. He allowed 11 runs while recording just three outs. He faced 13 batters in the first and another three in the second.
The Yankees had a 5-0 lead before Guthrie recorded an out. He looked like he was going to escape losing by just five runs, as he got the next two batters out. However, a hit batter, a single, and a Brett Gardner home run gave the Yankees an 8-0 lead.
Guthrie went back out for the 2nd inning and walked the first batter he faced. After a single, Brian McCann homered to chase Guthrie from the game. He allowed four homers.
Meanwhile, Brandon Finnegan (who was just called up and will be sent back down) gave the Royals three scoreless innings. He did however throw 45 pitches (28 for strikes).
After Franklin Morales allowed a run over his two innings of work, in came closer Greg Holland to get some work. He just didn’t look right yet again. He walked Didi Gregorious and then fell behind rookie outfielder Slade Heathcott 3-1. The next pitch was deposited into the right field seats for Heathcott’s first Major League home run.
Holland then got a strikeout, but was then relieved after another walk. In came Jason Frasor, who did not allow a run over the final 1.2 innings. He did allow three hits though.
There was another first for the Yankees, as lefty Jacob Lindgren made his Major League debut in the eighth. He (like Finnegan) was drafted last June. He entered with Jarrod Dyson (who singled in two at-bats) on first base and got Eric Hosmer to ground into a double play on the second pitch he threw. After walking Kendrys Morales on four pitches, Lindgren got Salvador Perez (who came in to play first base) to line out to end the inning.
In the ninth, Lindgren struck out two.
Hosmer started at first base, but moved to right field and let a blooper by ARod drop in front of him. For some reason, he was playing the line and near the warning track. Christian Colon came in to run for Omar Infante and stayed in at second base.
The Royals collected eight hits, seven of which were singles.