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Yankees 2, Royals 5: Sloppy play leads to series-opening loss

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Yankees gift Kansas City a game on the eve of the Royal Wedding.

New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

After dealing with getting their last game a half rained out, the Yankees returned to the field on Friday night. When they actually did start playing the game, it almost looked like they were still in a rain delay.

There was sloppy defense, a sub-standard start from CC Sabathia, and an offense that couldn’t really sustain any rallies. Sometimes you can fail one or two of them and still win a game. However, they failed at all three today, and unsurprisingly that led to a 5-2 loss to the Royals.

The sloppiness pretty much started immediately in the first inning. After Whitt Merrifield led off with a double, he stole third a couple batters later. Merrifield then scored when Salvador Perez hit a pop fly into the shallow outfield, only for Gleyber Torres to drop it. The play ended up being ruled a force out as opposed to an error, as there was a runner on first who they were able to get at second. The result may very well have been the same had he caught it, but it still wasn’t ideal.

In the third inning, the Royals loaded the bases on a single and a pair of walks. However, Sabathia got two outs without allowing a run, and looked to get out of the inning when Jon Jay hit a ground ball. Torres fielded it, but made another mistake, bobbling the grounder, which allowed a run to score without the third out being recorded. Sabathia then walked in another run, before finally getting out of the inning with the Yankees down three.

Kansas City added a fourth run in the fifth inning when Salvador Perez hit a long home run to left off Sabathia.

The Yankees finally got on the board in the sixth. Giancarlo Staton reached to lead off the inning when he beat out the throw on an infield single. Two batters later, Aaron Hicks singled. A Neil Walker single and a Miguel Andujar sac fly each plated a run after that, cutting the Royals’ lead in half.

Chasen Shreve came out to start the bottom of the sixth, ending Sabathia’s day. The Yankees’ starter allowed two earned runs (four total) on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts. Part of the third inning semi-implosion wasn’t his fault, but it’s hard to argue that Sabathia had a good day.

Shreve got through the sixth cleanly before being replaced by David Robertson in the seventh. There, it got messy again. After getting two quick outs, Robertson walked Mike Moustakas to keep the inning alive. Perez then hit one towards the corner in right. Aaron Judge attempted to make a diving catch, but the ball evaded him and bounced in for a double. Moustakas was able to go all the way around to score, giving Kansas City an insurance run.

The Royals’ extra run wouldn’t end up meaning all that much as the Yankees wouldn’t add any more to their score. Kansas City opened the three-game set with a win at home. I guess the Yankees were in the mood to be nice to Royals considering what’s happening in the UK tomorrow.

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