Starter James Shields pitched six innings while only giving up 1 unearned run to help Kansas City squeeze out a 2-1 win over the Yankees in Kauffman Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Shields stranded 7 Yankee base-runners, including 5 in the first two innings, as he worked out of jam after jam to hold the Yankees to 1 run. Shields piled up 49 pitches in the first two innings and still managed to last six to earn his 7th win of the season (7-3).
The Royals staked James Shields to an early 2-0 lead when they bunched four consecutive hits with two out in the bottom of the second.
That’s all the runs the Royals pitching staff needed. The only run scored when the Yankees finally got to Shields in the 6th for a sacrifice fly. The run scored only with he help of a passed ball by Salvador Perez that allowed 3B Yangervis Solarte to advance to 3rd with 1 out.
The victory pulls the Royals within one game of .500 at 31-32 on the season. Kansas City is now 4 games behind Detroit in the American League Central and they have moved into 3rd place in the division.
On the Mound
James Shields was effective, but not really dominant. Shields went 6.0 innings, allowing 6 hits, 2 walks, 1 unearned run while striking out 8. Shields allowed 3 doubles but still managed to get outs when he needed them to hold a narrow lead.
Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless 7th inning despite allowing a 1-out triple to Brett Gardner. Crow saved the lead when he smartly backed up third base. The relay to 3rd came in high and Crow prevented Gardner from advancing by snagging the errant throw.
Wade Davis pitched a clean 8th inning with 2 strikeouts. Davis has now pitched 19 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
At the Plate
The entire story for the Royals at the plate came in the bottom of the second when they scored two runs off Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda with two-out rally.
Lorenzo Cain doubled to deep right to drive in Salvador Perez from 1st base. Cain went 1-3 on the day, with 1 run scored and 1 RBI. Cain also hit two other line drives, but one was speared by a leaping Kuroda in the bottom of the 4th and 2B Brian Roberts gloved the second in the bottom of the 7th.
Mike Moustakas blooped a single following Cain’s double to drive in the Royals second run. Moustakas went 1-3, with 1 RBI on the day.
Overall, the Royal only managed 5 hits and 2 walks on the day.
This and That
Despite allowing the only run to score aided by a passed ball by Salvador Perez in the 6th, the Royals defense helped out James Shields early in the game. Alcides Escobar saved a hit in the 1st inning with an outstanding stop on a Derek Jeter grounder. The play helped Shields escape without allowing a run depite two hits in the inning.
Eric Hosmer‘s smart throw home nailed Yangervis Solarte at home plate for the 2nd out of the 1st inning. Most 1st basemen would hohave taken the sure out at first early in the game (2nd inning). Hosmer’s decision allowed the Royals to make 2 runs stand up for a win.
The win also pulled the Royals even at home on the season at 16-16.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Our nod goes to James Shields for his 6 innings without allowing an earned run. The outing reversed two consecutive tough starts for Shields in which he gave up 7 earned runs but was bailed out by the Royals offense producing 8 scores.
I do also want to give a shout out to Aaron Crow for wiggling out of the 7th without allowing a run. Not only did he back up 3rd on Gardner’s triple, he followed up by getting Derek Jeter to hit a weak grounder to short with the infield pulled in that could not advance Gardner. Crow then finished off the inning by getting Jacoby Ellsbury on a called third strike.
- Billy Butler – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 3
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki
- Salvador Perez – 3h
- Jeremy Guthrie – 5
- Jason Vargas – 5
- Alex Gordon – 8
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields – 6
- Yordano Ventura – 3
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy – 4
- Omar Infante – 2
- Mike Moustakas – 3
- Alcides Escobar – 3
- Eric Hosmer – 6
- Michael Mariot
- Casey Coleman
- Danny Valencia
- Tim Collins
Yankee starter Hiroki Kuroda did not allow a Royals base-runner after Alex Gordon walked in the top of the 4th inning. He ended up the tough-luck loser despite a solid 7-inning outing while allowing 5 hits , 2 walks, and 2 earned runs.
The Royals and Yankees finish the 4-game set at Kauffman Stadium on Monday. The game will be Derek Jeter’s last appearance in Kansas City before he retires at the end of the season. The Yankee captain has been the best clutch hitter of his generation. The Royals will send Jason Vargas (5-2, 3.28) to the mound against Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.33 ERA) for New York. Game time is 7:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
|Brett Gardner LF||5||0||2||0||0||1||.279||.734|
|Derek Jeter SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||.254||.612|
|Jacoby Ellsbury CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||.287||.761|
|Carlos Beltran DH||3||0||0||0||1||2||.218||.672|
|Brian McCann C||4||0||0||0||0||2||.225||.647|
|Yangervis Solarte 3B||4||1||2||0||0||1||.299||.826|
|Ichiro Suzuki RF||4||0||2||1||0||1||.320||.736|
|Brian Roberts 2B||3||0||1||0||1||1||.239||.667|
|Kelly Johnson 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||.216||.671|
|Mark Teixeira PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||.238||.826|
2B: J Ellsbury (15, off J Shields); B Roberts (8, off J Shields); Y Solarte (14, off J Shields).
3B: B Gardner (4, off A Crow).
TB: B Gardner 4; Y Solarte 3; B Roberts 2; I Suzuki 2; J Ellsbury 2.
RBI: I Suzuki (8).
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 1 for 17.
DP: 3. B McCann-D Jeter; B Roberts-D Jeter-K Johnson; D Jeter-B Roberts-K Johnson.
|Nori Aoki RF||2||0||0||0||1||0||.256||.629|
|Jarrod Dyson CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||.271||.638|
|Omar Infante 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||.230||.610|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||.256||.652|
|Billy Butler DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||.249||.616|
|Alex Gordon LF||2||0||0||0||1||1||.288||.822|
|Salvador Perez C||3||1||1||0||0||0||.271||.748|
|Lorenzo Cain CF-RF||3||1||1||1||0||0||.331||.811|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||3||0||1||1||0||0||.151||.518|
|Alcides Escobar SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||.277||.706|
2B: L Cain (8, off H Kuroda).
TB: L Cain 2; S Perez; O Infante; M Moustakas; A Escobar.
GIDP: E Hosmer (8); S Perez (13).
RBI: M Moustakas (20); L Cain (24).
2-out RBI: L Cain; M Moustakas.
Team LOB: 2.
With RISP: 1 for 2.
PB: S Perez (2).
CS: O Infante (1, 2nd base by H Kuroda/B McCann).
|Hiroki Kuroda, L (4-4)||7||5||2||2||2||3||0||4.12||90||56|
|James Shields, W (7-3)||6||6||1||0||2||8||0||3.44||110||67|
|Aaron Crow, H (6)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.60||18||12|
|Wade Davis, H (10)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.27||17||13|
|Greg Holland, S (18)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.46||18||13|
WP: J Shields (3); G Holland (5).