The Royals lost 2 straight games for the first time since July 27 and July 29 to Cleveland and Minnesota.
The loss drops Kansas City to 14 games over .500 at 72-58. The Royals also lost a 1/2 game to idle Detroit for a 1.5 game lead in the A.L. Central.
On the Mound
James Shields was solid through 6 innings, allowing only 2 earned runs, but collapsed in the 7th where he gave up 4. Overall, Shields went 6.2 innings, giving up 10 hits, 3 walks, and 6 earned runs with 3 strikeouts.
Francisley Bueno finished off the 7th by getting the final out after the damage was already done. Bueno pitched into the 9th and gave up a 2-run shot to Jacoby Ellsbury. Overall, Bueno went 1.2 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 earned runs.
Bruce Chen entered with 1 out in the 9th and recorded 2 outs without surrendering any runs.
At the Plate
Mike Moustakas tied the game in the 3rd inning with a solo home run (15). Moustakas’ home run ended up being all the offense for the Royals on the evening, which is the 2nd straight game in which the Royals were held to a solo home run.
Jarrod Dyson was the only Royal with more than one hit, going 2 for 4 with 2 singles.
Overall, Kansas City only managed 7 hits, 1 walk and 1 earned run against Yankee pitching.
This and That
Barring a Royals/Yankees playoff series, Derek Jeter played his last game at Kauffman Stadium Monday night.
Royals have hit a home run in their last 5 consecutive games.
Lorenzo Cain initially got credited with an outfield assist for throwing out Jacoby Ellsbury at home in the 7th, but the play was overturned on replay—crediting the Yankees with a 6th run instead an inning-ending double play.
The Yankees victory Monday was their 5th in a row.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Our award goes to Mike Moustakas for his 15th home run. Moose went 1 for 3 on the night with the home run, 1 run scored and 1 RBI. He’s kept his head above water since returning from the minors earlier in the season and seems to have figured out that he is a pure slugger at the MLB level.
- Josh Willingham – 2
- Billy Butler – 8
- Jason Frasor
- Francisley Bueno
- Danny Valencia
- Christian Colon
- Raul Ibanez
- Jarrod Dyson – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 6
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki – 6
- Salvador Perez – 6
- Jeremy Guthrie – 4
- Jason Vargas – 8
- Alex Gordon – 11
- Bruce Chen – 5
- James Shields – 10
- Yordano Ventura – 6
- Danny Duffy – 7
- Omar Infante – 5
- Mike Moustakas – 10
- Alcides Escobar – 6
- Eric Hosmer – 12
- Michael Mariot
- Erik Kratz
Derek Jeter went 1 for 5 with an RBI single in the Yankees key 4-run 6th inning. Jeter also drove in the Yankees first run with a ground out in the 2nd inning. Jeter drew ovations from both Yankee and Royals fans at every at bat in recognition of what is sure to be a Hall-of-Fame career for the Yankee captain.
The Royals finished up their 1-game makeup vs. the Yankees on Labor Day, and open a 3-game set with the Twins on Tuesday. Danny Duffy will take the mound for Kansas City, against Ricky Nolasco for Minnesota. Game time is 7:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.