American League Game Summary - New York at Kansas City|
(Sunday, June 8)
Final Score: Kansas City 2, New York 1
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - James Shields headed up an impressive
Kansas City pitching performance with six effective innings as the Royals came
through with a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees.
Shields (7-3) racked up eight strikeouts while allowing one unearned run on
six hits before relievers Aaron Crow, Wade Davis and Greg Holland closed out
the Royals' fifth victory in seven games.
Lorenzo Cain aided the cause with an RBI double and scored the eventual
winning run on Mike Moustakas' second-inning single off Hiroki Kuroda (4-4),
dealt a tough-luck loss despite yielding just two runs and five hits through
Kuroda received little help from a New York offense that went 1-for-17 with
runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners while falling to 2-6 in
"We had a lot of opportunities," said Yankees captain Derek Jeter. "I feel bad
for Hiroki. He did exactly what you wanted."
Ichiro Suzuki finished 2-for-4 and knocked in the Yankees' lone run with an
RBI groundout in the sixth inning.
It was a game where the Royals made the most of their limited scoring chances
against Kuroda, who retired the last 11 batters he faced and didn't give up a
hit after the third inning. New York, on the other hand, failed to capitalize
on several opportunities throughout the course of the contest.
Shields escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second inning by coming up
with a pair of strikeouts around a force out at the plate, then entered the
third with a lead after the Royals scored twice with two out in their half of
"He made huge pitches when he needed to," Royals manager Ned Yost said of
Salvador Perez kept the bottom of the second alive with a single and Cain
followed with a run-scoring double that landed just out of the reach of
a diving Jacoby Ellsbury in center field. Moustakas then hit a blooper to
left center that dropped in as Cain raced home from second.
The Yankees later squandered a leadoff double from Ellsbury in the third and a
one-out triple by Brett Gardner in the seventh, with Crow getting Jeter to
ground out harmlessly before striking out Ellsbury looking.
Holland worked out of some trouble as well prior to nailing down his 18th save
of the season, as Suzuki singled to open the ninth and took second on a wild
pitch to put the tying run in scoring range with none out.
Brian Roberts' short flyout to left couldn't advance Suzuki, however, and
pinch-hitter Mark Teixeira grounded out before Holland fanned Gardner to end
The Yankees have not scored more than four runs in any of their last 10 games
... Shields improved to 4-0 in seven starts since his last loss, which came
against Detroit on May 2, and has won six consecutive decisions against AL
East teams ... Ellsbury has now hit safely in 13 straight ... Davis extended
his scoreless innings streak to 18 frames with a perfect eighth ... Both
Gardner and Yangervis Solarte had two hits for New York.
06/08 19:23:09 ET