Jun 6, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (11) tosses the ball to first for an out against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Kauffman Stadium. The Yankees defeated the Royals 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Captain-less Yankees Beat Royals 4-2 at Home

Even without the captain, the Yankees found a way to prevail. The Royals lost 4-2 against the Yankees on Friday night as Jeremy Guthrie was attributed his 6th loss.

The normal thing to do when the Royals have lost a game during the last few weeks is to point to a lack of hitting. That wasn’t necessarily the case this night. The Royals had 7 hits and several of those were for extra bases. In fact, the Royals had doubles from Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, Alcides Escobar, and the much-maligned Billy Butler. They were, however, unable to turn those extra-base hits into runs. RBIs came from Salvador Perez who singled home Alex Gordon in the second inning and from Lorenzo Cain who doubled home Alex Gordon in the fifth.

The Yankees had 8 hits with only one going for extra bases but it came at the right time. After Brian Roberts singled in the second to score Mark Teixiera,  Brian McCann doubled with the bases loaded in the 3rd to score 3 runs and that was all the Pinstripes needed.

Guthrie (2-6) went 7 innings and gave up 4 earned runs in the loss with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk. Francisley Bueno and Wilking Rodriguez each pitched an inning of relief without giving up any runs.

The win went to Chase Whitley (1-0), who gave up 2 earned runs in the victory with 3 strikeouts and 0 walks. Dellin Betances and David Robertson each pitched scoreless innings of relief.

Hopefully some timely extra-base hits will produce some more runs tomorrow.

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