Let me just say, flat out, that the Royals suck. They are 24-37, and prior to tonight, they had lost 11 straight road games. They’ve scored 62 fewer runs than they’ve allowed, and they seem destined for a fifth straight AL Central last-place finish.
Tonight’s starter for this terrible Kansas City team was Kyle Davies. He has a career 6.16 ERA, and opponents have hit .292 off of him. With the Yanks coming off a nine-run game against a better Blue Jays team, the stars were aligning to create a perfect night for a win.
Too bad someone forgot to tell that to the Yankee offense.
In the end, Kyle Davies throw one helluva game. He showed why he’s been so highly regarded — at least by Dayton Moore — both in Atlanta and Kansas City. The Yanks couldn’t muster much of anything, and the Royals couldn’t either. But their two runs — one on a single and one on a double play — held up. C’est la vie.
On the Yanks’ front, Darrell Rasner threw another stellar game. Throwing what must be a Yankee starter season-high 118 pitches, Rasner threw eight innings giving up nine hits and no walks. He struck out four, and the two earned runs allowed lowered his ERA to 2.58. Rasner emerged 3-3, the no-luck loser yet again.
I can’t complain about Jason Giambi’s controversial third strike. He clearly didn’t swing, but the Yanks shouldn’t be in a position in the eighth inning against the Royals to begin with.
So on a night when the Red Sox lost and the dregs of the AL were in town, the Yanks dropped a well-pitched game to the Royals. Let’s just hope Andy Pettitte can do his thing later this afternoon. This team needs some wins to emerge from this flirtation with mediocrity and .500.