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Yankees’ offense underwhelms again in loss to Royals

Posted by: vmercogliano - Posted in Misc on Jul 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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The need for some offensive help is growing by the day for the Yankees, who once again looked lifeless at the plate in a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Reinforcements are on the way with Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez making progress on their respective rehab assignments, but the lineup that Girardi penciled in on Monday featured newly acquired first baseman Travis Ishikawa and fellow castoffs Luis Cruz, Alberto Gonzalez and Austin Romine hitting six through nine. They combined for zero hits entering the seventh inning, which prompted Girardi to pinch-hit for three of the four.

Lyle Overbay pinch-hit for Ishikawa and hit his 10th homer of the year, followed by singles from Cruz and Ichiro Suzuki to put runners on the corners with two outs. Eduardo Nunez was brought in to pinch-hit for Romine, but struck out swinging. The Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, but Nunez, Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte struck out consecutively to end the game.

Phil Hughes started the game for the Yankees, allowing two runs in the second on a solo homer from Billy Butler and an RBI double from David Lough. A 59-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fourth ended his outing prematurely, as Hughes only pitched four innings, allowing four hits and striking out two on 62 pitches.

The Royals added a run in the seventh on Johnny Giavotella’s RBI double and two in the ninth on Alex Gordon’s RBI double and Alcides Escobar’s RBI triple.

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51 Responses to “Yankees’ offense underwhelms again in loss to Royals”

  1. Rick in San Fernando July 8th, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    #BostonStrong

  2. igotid88 July 8th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Had a feeling it would go this way when Kay mentioned Hughes winning his last 5 starts against the Royals and Guthrie losing every start against the Yankees.

  3. UpState July 8th, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I Am Winning July 8th, 2013 at 11:13 pm
    They never had a chance. 5-1, Yankees lose, again.

    ===============================

    Yes they did – 3 shots with the tying run at the plate !!!

    Actually it was a pretty good effort at the end….and “big-time” had his chance and…

    crapo-pantso.

    He left on 5 runners in only 2 at bats….

    That — is a GameKiller.

    (Not even a SAC Fly)

  4. yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Zoilo’s a much better hitter with runners on base. Love to see him keep getting those chances.

  5. austinmac July 8th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Same story, different day. Look at the lineup. They need help to compete.

  6. Shame Spencer July 8th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I hope we have a better showing tomorrow. We can’t afford to lose a 4 game set. Some tough luck for Hughes tonight.

  7. jackamir July 8th, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Once again Gardner displayed his below average ability to hit or even make contact in prime situations…He did set a Yankee record for futility…

  8. Shame Spencer July 8th, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    austinmac July 8th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Same story, different day. Look at the lineup. They need help to compete.

    ————

    ac thinks they’ll bring Derek in.

    Part of me thought they’d wait until after the break, but it also wouldn’t really surprise me if they brought him in to play SS for a game and DH for a game and then give him 4 days off with the break.

  9. yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    John Sadak 12m
    Derek Jeter 0-2, BB, R w/@SWBRailRiders. Reached on E6 & fielded 2 grounders. His postgame media chat http://is.gd/C3nEVu #Yankees

  10. UpState July 8th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    jackamir July 8th, 2013 at 11:25 pm
    Once again Gardner displayed his below average ability to hit or even make contact in prime situations…He did set a Yankee record for futility…

    ——————————–

    Worse that .053 with RISP ????

  11. igotid88 July 8th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Hughes wanted to go back out but Girardi nixed it

  12. yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Shame, Derek said he expected to play in SWB unless something changes, but I could see it changing as early as Wed. We shall see.

  13. yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    id, I assumed he wouldn’t come back and I wouldn’t argue with that, but what did Hughes say Girardi said, I missed it.

  14. igotid88 July 8th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    2.94 run support for Hughes. Even less in the innings he’s pitched.

  15. sammiejohnson July 8th, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    M’s lead Boston 2-0 . Lester at 80+ pitches with one out in 4th.

  16. yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    …and Lester with bases loaded.

  17. Shame Spencer July 8th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Yeah I didn’t think he would but I also have a hard time imagining them telling Derek he’s not ready. Derek will make the call. They’ve likely already been holding him back, I dunno how much longer that’ll last.

  18. yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    id, yep.

  19. yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Derek is getting the SWB day game off and is supposed to play there on Wed, but he said he feels like he can play a whole game and has no ill effects from playing consecutive games…

  20. igotid88 July 8th, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:36 pm
    id, I assumed he wouldn’t come back and I wouldn’t argue with that, but what did Hughes say Girardi said, I missed it.
    ——————-

    I can’t remember. I was half listening. I figured he wouldn’t coma back also. I remember a few years ago he had a 6ip shutout against the Tigers and the Yankees took 30 minutes the top half of the 7th. And didn’t come out for the bottom half

  21. Shame Spencer July 8th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    fem – It’ll be interesting to see how they handle it. Glad he’s close though.

    Seattle doesn’t score with the bases jacked.. but they’re up 2-0 on Boston.

  22. igotid88 July 8th, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Puig 2 more hits today

  23. CompassRosy July 8th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    “…and Lester with bases loaded.”

    ~ ~ ~ ~

    one of the runs was already a bases loaded walk . . .

    ah shucks, Nickie flys deep.

    Keep up the MoJo Yankee fans ~ my M’s just may surprise you ;-)
    (you can click on my name to see why there just may be some hope)

  24. yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Shame, Jack C. seems to think they’ll want him to play back to back full games at SWB first. We’ll see who wins that one.

    id, I wasn’t listening either. Also Hughes said something about making adjustments? That he would have like to have kept going because he “found something”…

    I see we’re facing Big Game James tomorrow. We tend to hit him pretty hard, but this “we…” ???

    Unknown, you at the airport? I need flight info.

  25. Captain Clutch July 8th, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Jeter hasn’t played more than 5 innings in the field yet so there is no way that he will return tomorrow. He will probably play 7 innings on Wed, 9 on Thurs and then return on Friday. The AAA lineup was really, really hard to watch tonight. But Jeter had a serious injury and they have to make sure he is ok to play 9 innings back to back.

  26. Rick in San Fernando July 8th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Before I head to bed, LGY never provided a denial that he is Nick’s brother Pierre.

  27. igotid88 July 8th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    id, I wasn’t listening either. Also Hughes said something about making adjustments? That he would have like to have kept going because he “found something”…
    ——-

    Yea I heard that part. Hate hearing that and not being able to see what he could do. Also didn’t it feel like Jack and Bob were putting this game on Hughes because the 2 runs he gave up?

  28. Rich in NJ July 8th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Even accounting for the injuries, this offense is putrid.

  29. yankeefeminista July 8th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Rosy, are you at the game?

  30. UpState July 8th, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    2-2

  31. CompassRosy July 8th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Rauuuuuuul!!!

  32. sammiejohnson July 8th, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUL!

  33. CompassRosy July 9th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    YF ~

    No, I’m watching from the comfort of my den :-)

  34. yankeefeminista July 9th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    id, me too about having make the in game adjustments. I would have like to have seen that, but you just can’t bring him back out there. And agree about Jack and Bob; they were annoying.

  35. yankeefeminista July 9th, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Rauuuul hit another out? Score? I have to put on my mlb tv; I just left the television room.

  36. I Am Winning July 9th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I’m not the biggest ARod fan, and I never thought this time would come, but even if he comes back as a .250 hitter, he could be helping the team, same for Jeter. If they are healthy enough to play in the minors, than they are healthy enough to be up here.

    I can understand the concern for needing to DFA someone or wasting an option sending them to the minors, but its a risk that needs to be taken. And it only comes into play if they are reinjured.

    I do think the Yankees will bring Jeter us soon, like within 48 hours, and ARod soon after. I definitely think they will try and expedite both of their minor league rehab assignments now.

  37. CompassRosy July 9th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    btw ~

    that was Raul’s 22nd HR (11 of which have given the M’s the lead) his 50th RBI and it extended his current hit streak to 13

    oh, he also just passed Dave Winfield on the 40+ years of age homers list

    #OldGuyStillGotsIt

  38. sammiejohnson July 9th, 2013 at 12:04 am

    3-2 M’s. Lester over 100 after 5.

  39. igotid88 July 9th, 2013 at 12:05 am

    At least we’re lucky Boston, Baltimore, or Tampa aren’t running away with it. I think if we had our regulars from the beginning we would have a 10 game lead by now. Pitching has kept us in it.

  40. igotid88 July 9th, 2013 at 12:07 am

    CompassRosy July 9th, 2013 at 12:04 am
    btw ~

    that was Raul’s 22nd HR (11 of which have given the M’s the lead) his 50th RBI and it extended his current hit streak to 13

    oh, he also just passed Dave Winfield on the 40+ years of age homers list

    #OldGuyStillGotsIt
    ————-

    We could’ve used that bat this season.

  41. tucker July 9th, 2013 at 12:08 am

    The depressing part of this is Guthrie is essentially Phil Hughes. The Yanks can’t beat a Hughes-like pitcher.

  42. CompassRosy July 9th, 2013 at 12:09 am

    tweet of the game . . .

    Art Thiel ?@Art_Thiel
    Raul, No. 22, pahked the ball beyond the yahd. #Mariners, 3-2.

    :-)

  43. igotid88 July 9th, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Both Alex and Jeter should be back this weekend. Play them all 3 weekend games or give them one of those off. Unless we need to win all 3.

  44. Captain Clutch July 9th, 2013 at 12:11 am

    When Jeter and Arod come back they have to release Hafner. I would let Cruz or Adams play 3rd base and DH Arod. Hafner has looked awful since that shoulder injury and it’s time to give someone else a chance and move on. They should bring up Ruiz from AAA and let him DH.

  45. sammiejohnson July 9th, 2013 at 12:13 am

    “We could’ve used that bat this season.”

    Hafner:
    .224/.322/.421/.743 12 HR/ 37 RBI

    RAUUUUUUUUUUUUUL:
    .257/.305/.554 /.859 22HR/ 50 RBI

  46. CompassRosy July 9th, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Oooo… Smoak was out…

  47. igotid88 July 9th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Lester with 9 so-so to bad outings. I thought John Farrell coming back was supposed to help. Maybe he’s just not a good pitcher anymore. 4.82 last year 4.45 so far this year.

  48. CompassRosy July 9th, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Mikey Z’s second hit!
    (could done w/o that passed ball, though)

  49. yankeefeminista July 9th, 2013 at 12:18 am

    I doubt they release Haf. Ain’t their style. They will keep hoping he reverts to his April form.

    And Raul was only useful at NYS.

    These days we just sign too many players who have gaping platoon and home/away splits.

  50. CompassRosy July 9th, 2013 at 12:20 am

    2 more runs . . .

    Nifty :-)

  51. Hankflorida July 9th, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Hank, I wasn’t referring to your post saluting optimism, I was referencing the people here who try to ram “positive” down everyone’s throats.

    In fact, I saw your post as a response to the earlier discussion on optimism, which was basically set in motion by mick and trisha brow beating blake about being “pessimistic” for calling a spade a spade: our lousy offense.

    I was referencing, specifically, their “hollowness” in attempts to use those words like a club to beat people over the head with here. It’s an abuse of the term “optimism,” IMO.

    And I do see turning on the TV as optimistic. I see discussion about what holes need to be filled as optimistic, because you’re trying to problem solve.

    Therefore, when I see mindless, vacuous and transparent pettiness try to pass for dialogue: i.e., like what went on last night here in response to blake’s observation and (what triggered this whole discussion earlier today),

    I feel I want to weigh in on a word that has lost all meaning here, since it appears fabricated lines have been drawn between the so-called “positive” and so-called “negative” posters, all on the terms of the ones who are the least open-minded, to use your word, IMO, and the least able to stand and deliver in an actual discussion about the team’s pluses and minuses.

    Your post on “optimistic” Yankee fans I agree with, but I don’t identify those people who have flattered themselves “optimists” to resemble the fan you describe.

    And yes, I would be very closed-minded had I called your post “hollow.” Sorry for the misunderstanding.

    Alfred, I agree with you that we had a misunderstanding, and you are totally right about those who are condescending to others without any dialogue and rational discussions. Since I am new to this blog, I was not aware of this fellow, Mick, until he questioned my commenting on Phelps because there may have been some negativity in my analysis; he answered me that I was a TV fan and not really a true paying fan as he was because I did attend the games. He did not choose to discuss my comment that Phelps was a finesse and not a power pitcher and that I was amazed when I would watch the catcher’s glove, how he was able to come close to putting the ball there, and when the umpire had a tight strike zone, he did not have a good outing. I answered him that I had been attending games for seventy five years, and since now I only had the summer months to be in be here on the far eastern end of Long Island, I think I deserved some slack in trying to analyze what I see on TV from my rocking chair. Mick’s answer to me was “The Sounds of Silence.”


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