Last year on Mariano Rivera Day, the Yankees scored just one run and lost to the Giants. Today on Derek Jeter Day, the managed to lessen their offensive output. The Yankees scored no runs on just four hits as they lost to the Royals 2-0. Jeter got a hit and a walk, so I guess there's that.
The Royals scored the game's first run in the top of the second. Shane Greene escaped some trouble in the first inning, but he got himself right back in some in the second. Josh Willingham and Mike Moustakas led off the inning with back-to-back weakly hit singles. Greene came back and got the next two outs, bringing Nori Aoki to the plate. Aoki softly grounded one to the left of the mound. Greene got to the ball fine, but he tried bare-handing it and his throw wound up being weak and wide left. That error allowed Willingham to score and made it 1-0.
An inning later, the Royals added more. Alex Gordon reached to lead off the inning when Carlos Beltran dropped a fly ball. Salvador Perez flew out, bringing Eric Hosmer to the plate. During that at bat, Gordon stole second. Hosmer then singled to right. Gordon stumbled around third as he came home. Beltran's throw came home in time, but Brian McCann immediately threw it to Jeter and got Hosmer out in a rundown. It seemed like McCann could've tagged out Gordon in time, but who knows. The run scored and it was 2-0.
Greene wasn't particularly good, but he managed to get through five innings without the score getting too out of control. In his five innings, he allowed five hits and three walks while striking out four. Neither of the runs were earned, but one was directly because of him. Adam Warren came in for Greene to start the sixth. Warren pitched two scoreless innings, striking out two.
After that, there were scoreless bullpen contributions from Shawn Kelley, Josh Outman and Esmil Rogers. But as we headed to the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees' offense had yet to do anything. Yordano Ventura shut the Yankees out for six innings, while Aaron Crow and Kelvin Herrera each threw one scoreless.
The middle of the Yankees' lineup was due up in the bottom of the ninth. However, they had to go up against Wade Davis. It got off to a good start when Beltran led off the inning with a single. Davis came right back to strikeout McCann for the first out. Mark Teixeira came up next and he hit a slow-roller down the third base line. The throw just beat him to the bag for the second out. That left the game up to Stephen Drew. That ended how you would expect. Drew struck out, ending the game and give the Royals a 2-0 win.
The Yankees will have the day off tomorrow before welcoming in the Rays for a series in the Bronx starting Tuesday.