Royals Drop Four Straight, Swept By Yankees, Lose 4-2Follow @RoyalsBlue_com
About a month back, the Royals wanted to fight everyone while having a, “Royals Against the World” type of attitude. Now, they are struggling and no longer in sole possession of first place. When you check the standings though, you’ll see a team that is 28-18 and 6-4 in their last ten games.
Chris Young pitching in Yankee Stadium sounds like a terrible idea. In fact, Guthrie, Vargas, and Blanton, who are all fly ball pitchers, pitching in a stadium that’s 312 and 315 down each line really doesn’t instill confidence at all, yet that’s how it worked out. Kansas City lost on Monday by a score of 14-1, Tuesday by a score of 5-1, and today 4-2 to drop to 28-18, and a tie with Minnesota for the division lead.
In the first inning, Mike Moustakas fouled off a pitch to deep right field. The very next pitch, which was the same pitch in the same spot, was straightened out to give his team a 1-0 lead. Brian McCann then tied the game with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the second inning. In the bottom of the next inning, with two on for Alex Rodriguez, he homered to left field to give the Yankees a 4-1 advantage. The Royals attempted a late comeback with a run in the eighth inning off of Dellin Betances when Kendrys Morales drove in Lorenzo Cain for the final run of the game.
There were some positives for the game. Alcides Escobar and Kendrys Morales both had multi-hit games, Mike Moustakas hit his fifth home run of the season, and Chris Young didn’t look as bad as his line showed up in the box score. Young’s final line was 6.0 IP, 7 hits, 4 ER, and 7 K’s with 2 BB’s.
It’s a long season, so there’s nothing to worry about just yet. They need to get the bats going. Most importantly, they need to find themselves again. They look lost at the plate. The Royals offense looks like a fish out of water the way they’re flailing around up at the plate. Things definitely aren’t going Kansas City’s way right now. Luckily, an off-day may help with that.
This is the first time the Kansas City Royals have lost three in a row this season, so things could be worse. But for every “It could’ve been worse” that has been said, remember this: It could’ve been a whole lot better. Jason Vargas ... Read more