Sunday, May 17, 2015

Recap: Royals 6, Yankees 0

Chris Capuano surrendered four earned runs in three-plus innings and the Royals easily beat the Yankees, 6-0, on Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

Capuano Struggles: The veteran's 2015 debut started out well -- the Royals scored just one run on two hits in the first three frames -- but the bottom of the fourth was another story. Indeed, Kansas City plated three more in that at-bat to build a 4-0 advantage -- one the floundering Yankees' offense couldn't overcome.

Wet Newspapers: That's basically what the Yankees' bats looked like in this one, with the team not even recording a baserunner until the top of the fourth. In all, the Yanks logged just six hits on the day -- three of which came during Edinson Volquez's seven scoreless innings.

Don't Wanna Do That: The Yankees loaded the bases against the Royals' Wade Davis in the eighth, but failed to cross home after Alex Rodriguez struck out and Garrett Jones grounded to first. New York's average with men in scoring position this year is now .249, including a .295 line on this road trip.

A Painful Tex Message: Mark Teixeira took a fastball off the foot in the fourth, removing him from the contest and forcing the Yankees to bring in Jones. X-Rays on Teixeira were negative, though, so the infielder shouldn't miss more than a game or two.

What's Happening to These Guys?: The Yankees have had a rough time scoring this week, being held to two runs or less in five of their last six. That adds up to 11 runs since Tuesday -- the same total they reached in Monday's win in Tampa.

Next Up: The Yankees will look to bounce back from this 2-5 stretch on Tuesday when they visit the Nationals in DC, beginning at 7:05 p.m. ET and airing live on MLB Network. Nathan Eovaldi (3-1, 4.14 ERA) will start for the Yankees hoping to rebound from a tough loss in St. Petersburg, facing inconsistent Nats lefty Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 4.25 ERA).

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Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)