Joe Girardi was irked after this 11-5 loss to the Royals, especially by the six-run second. There were the throwing errors by Robinson Cano and Francisco Cervelli, the passed ball by Cervelli and the dropped comebacker by Ivan Nova, who compounded the problem by going to first for the out instead of going home.
Girardi has seen this sloppy act before.
“We have one sloppy game, I don’t like it,” Girardi said. “So when you have three or four or five in two weeks, yeah, it does bother me.”
This was the first time the Royals won a series here since 1999.
The Yankees’ inconsistent lineup had just one productive inning in the finale, the four-run fifth. Sean O’Sullivan had a perfect game for 4 1/3. The Yankees finished with only eight hits.
“We hit some balls hard right at people,” Curtis Granderson said.
Cano, back from Wednesday night’s beaning, hit his ninth homer to break up that perfect game. Cano decided not to wear the oversized helmet he was given before the game, like the one Cervelli had worn to protect against more concussions. Cano had tried the large hat in his first at-bat at the All-Star Game last year and found it to be too heavy. And he said he felt fine.
Alex Rodriguez snapped a streak of 65 at-bats without a homer, the second longest single-season streak of his career.
Nova didn’t have his curveball and turned in the shortest and worst start of his young career, allowing eight runs — four earned — and 10 hits in three-plus innings.
“It was a bad day,” Nova said. “I’ve just got to keep my head up and keep working hard.”