Saturday, May 5, 2012
Alex Gordon tied a career high with four hits and Billy Butler drove in three runs, helping to lead the Royals past the Yankees, 5-1, on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
The Yankees got an ineffective start from right-hander Hiroki Kuroda, who was chased in the fifth inning and needed some good fortune to escape with only three runs (two earned) charged to his ledger.
New York was unable to manage a hit until the fifth inning against Royals right-hander Felipe Paulino, who was sharp in his first start of the season after beginning the year on the disabled list.
Well, that was disappointing.
Kuroda wasn’t awful, but he was pretty bad. Paulino looked really sharp. The Yankees had their chances, though. One of the dumber moments happened with the Yankees down three in the sixth. Granderson led off the inning with a double. A-Rod hit a fly ball to right and Granderson foolishly tried to move to third on Francouer’s arm, which is right up there as the very best in all of baseball (really, the one elite skill Frenchy has). He got thrown out for the second out. Cano, of course, followed with a single.
At least Martin showed signs of life. We have to now hope that Phil Hughes can help the Yankees salvage a split. The offense better show up tomorrow.