The Yankees defeated the Royals in the final game of this four game set, 12-6. However, the game featured a two and a half hour rain delay, Robinson Cano’s 1,000th career hit, Alex Rodriguez leaving the game in eighth inning after being hit in the forearm, a Mark Teixeira error, Phil Hughes’ 12th win and another erratic Joba Chamberlain outing…


Initial Reaction:

One word to decide this game: miserable.

Phil Hughes started the game and was pitching pretty well for the first five and a third innings. Hughes gave up three runs on six hits, but then the misery began. Mother Nature showed up and decided to ruin everything. The Yankees and Royals sat through a two hour and thirty minute rain delay before resuming play.

Holding a 7-3 lead, Joba Chamberlain came in and gave up a two-run home run to Scott Posdednik. Joba has given up at least one run in four of his last five appearances.

Probably the most miserable moment of the game came in the bottom of the eighth. Alex Rodriguez, who is still looking for his 600th career home run, came up with the bases loaded. A-Rod was plunked by a 96 MPH Blake Wood fastball in the forearm/wrist. A-Rod was removed from the game, so let’s just hope he’s alright.

Positives From The Game:

Curtis Crushes Two: Lost in the shuffle was Curtis Granderson’s two home runs early in the game, his eighth and ninth jacks of the seasons.

Thanks, Boone: Boone Logan came in relief of Hughes and threw 1 2/3 innings of hit-less ball. Logan has looked very good in his last two appearances.

Negatives From The Game:

The Rain: When the rain began to fall, I was totally content winning the game 5-3. Yes, the umpires want to try to complete the games, but with both teams traveling right after the game, I thought a 2:30 rain delay was a bit, too much?

The Rain, Again: The Yankees do not have an off day this week, so the bullpen will be a little short heading into the Cleveland series. The rain may have also taken Alex Rodriguez as a sacrificial lamb. Let’s hope he’s ok.

Joba: No point in writing anything about him. Just look at the last 14 post game recaps and you’ll see it again.

Interesting Facts:

1,000: Today was Cano’s 1,000th career hit.

Same week, same starter: According to Kimberly Jones of the YES Network, this was the first time that the same pitcher started two games for two different teams during one team’s home stands. Today’s Royal starter, Sean O’Sullivan, threw for the Angels this past Monday.

10.50: Joba’s ERA over his last five appearances.

15: Phil Hughes has allowed 15 HRs this season. They have all come at Yankee Stadium.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will kick off a seven-game road trip starting in Cleveland tomorrow night.

Monday, 7:05 PM, YES: Javier Vazquez (8-7, 4.68 ERA) vs. Jake Westbrook (6-6, 4.74 ERA)