So many chances.

So little production.

The Yankees went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring position and wasted seven innings of one-hit ball from starter A.J. Burnett, losing 4-3 in 11 innings.


Fifteen total runners were left in scoring position Wednesday. The Yankees had an average of just over one runner in scoring position every single inning. The herd of baserunners included: 12 hits, eight walks, and a frightening Robinson Cano hit-by-pitch right in the helmet. All this amounted to just three runs.

The Yanks built a two-run lead after three, on Jorge Posada’s RBI single and Curtis Granderson’s Major League-leading 12th home run. Yankee cleats wouldn’t touch home again until the 10th inning.

Dave Robertson later allowed a game-tying single to the Royals’ Wilson Betemit in the eighth inning. The hit was just the second hit of the game for Kansas City. In the 10th, Jeff Francoeur ripped a go-ahead RBI double, but Granderson came up big once again in the home half with a single that scored Russell Martin with the tying run. Kansas City rookie, Eric Hosmer, who smashed Burnett’s only mistake earlier in the fourth for a solo home run, lifted an 11th-inning sacrifice fly that knocked in the final run for the Royals. The Yankees were retired in order in the bottom of the 11th, ending the four-and-a-half hour frustration party.

All told, it was truly a waste of an excellent start from Burnett. The only blemish, only hit and only run he allowed on his 115-pitch outing was Hosmer’s first Major League homer. Otherwise, Burnett was excellent, consistently evading trouble despite issuing five walks, while striking out six.

What’s Next?

The Yanks look to rebound from tonight on Thursday. You can catch the game on YES, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

Sean O’Sullivan (1-2, 3.41 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (3-2, 4.08 ERA)