MLB:Yanks, Rasner Fall While Royals End Streak

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst IJune 6, 2008

After an amazing walk-off win on Thursday afternoon, the New York Yankees fell to the Kansas City Royals Friday night by a score of 2-1.

The game came down to Yanks’ pitcher, Darrell Rasner. The Yankees' starter went a career high—eight innings—allowing only two runs on nine hits. Rasner walked one batter and struck out four. Even though Rasner looked good through eight, the Yankee offense abandoned him by not giving him any run support. Rasner's season record now evens out at 3-3.

Kyle Davies of Kansas City went a strong 6.2 innings, allowing one run on seven hits. Although not particularly superb, Davies gave up ten hits, walked one, and struck out three. He gained just his second win of the season and improved his record to 2-0.

The Bombers failed to capitalize in the fifth inning with Robinson Cano on third with one out. Melky Cabrera fouled out and Johnny Damon grounded out to end the inning.

Even though they gathered 10 hits, the Yanks stranded a total of 15 runners on base. In the seventh inning with two outs, Cabrera got the lone RBI for the Yanks scoring Cano from second.

The Royals scored their two runs in the fifth and six innings. In the fifth, David DeJesus ripped a liner to right field scoring Mike Aviles from third. In the sixth, Jose Guillen scored on a double play ground ball with no outs. Guillen's run would be the eventual game winner.

With the loss tonight, the Yankees fall to 30-31, one game below .500. The Royals now stand at 24-37. Kansas City also snapped an 11-game losing streak—on the road.

Tomorrow afternoon at 1:05, the Yankees will go with Andy Pettitte (5-5, 4.21 ERA). KC will pitch Brian Bannister (5-6, 4.60 ERA).

 

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