After a power display of five home runs in their 8-3 victory over the Royals in Game Three of this four-game series in Kansas City, the Yankees really wasted everybody’s time yesterday by going down very meekly 1-0 against starter Bryan Bullington (W,1-2), in just two hours and seven minutes on the final day of a very disappointing 3-3 road trip.
The game was over by the end of the first inning when the Royals scored the only run of the day. After one out, Bloomquist singled, then stole second and advanced to third when Cervelli threw the ball over Cano’s head into centerfield which set-up a nicely stroked RBI single to right by Billy Butler for the 1-0 lead by K.C.
A.J. Burnett (L,9-10), retired the next two batters to end the first. And got out of a first and second no-out situation in the second inning. But that was it. There would not be any other serious threats of scoring by either team the rest of the way. So this was a real get-a-way day, as the Yankees traveled home on the earliest flight possible with a 1-0 loss to reflect on.
Manager Joe Girardi was very unhappy with this loss, saying after the game “We needed to win, and it’s unfortunate. [Ending this road trip] (3-3) is not what we wanted; We need to play better, and win series’.”
A lot of credit has to given to Bullington, though. As Derek Jeter said, “It’s not like we came in here struggling with the bats. He [Bullington] threw the ball well; Whether we’ve seen him once or a hundred times, the way he threw today he was going to beat us”.
Bullington looked like a Cy Young Award candidate in this start, as he retired the first 13 batters he faced. And allowed only two hits, a single by Cano in the fifth, and a single by Gardner in the seventh; and, one other base-runner, a walk to Thames in the eight, in route to tossing 96 pitches over eight scoreless innings, while striking out five.
Royals closer Joakim Soria pitched a perfect ninth to preserve this 1-0 victory by recording his 33rd save.
As Girardi said, this loss was “unfortunate”. And also unfortunate was the [wasted] outstanding effort delivered by A.J. Burnett, who threw 103 pitches over eight complete innings, allowing the one run, on only four hits, three walks, and six strikeouts.
After the game, A.J. praised Bryan Bullington, saying “He kept us off-balance, and pitched a heck of a game. That’s basically the story. The way Bryan was throwing the ball, it was his day”.
And, so, I guess, that was the story. It was just the Royals day, on this get-a-way day.
– Jimmy Curran “BY&L” – Baseball, The Yankees, and Life …