The Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees by a score of 5-4 this evening. Per usual, the starter (Bartolo Colon) gave up multiple earned runs while the bullpen shut it down, but tonight the offense wasn’t able to provide a bail out. With the loss, the Yankees move to 74-47 on the season and remain a half game up on the Red Sox in the division with their afternoon loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Recap

  IP H R ER K BB
Colon 5 7 5 5 4 2
Chen 6 7 3 3 3 3

Tonight’s game featured many home runs, some that were and some that weren’t. Curtis Granderson got the party started in the first inning tonight, hitting his 34th home run of the year (12th against lefties). However, Alex Gordon smacked a three-run shot to give the Royals the lead in the third. Later in that inning, Billy Butler hit a controversial home run to center field. I saw the home run, and I read arguments both for and against it, but the umpires decided that the call should stand. Russell Martin later hit his 13th home run of the year, but the Yankees still could not come back.

Bartolo Colon, quite frankly, disappointed tonight. In the past few weeks, it seems like the pitchers have been having a competition to see which of them doesn’t want to start a playoff game.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will get on an airplane and head due north to Minnesota to face the Twins in a four game series.

8:10 PM, YES. CC Sabathia (16-7, 2.93 ERA) vs. Brian Duensing (8-11, 4.53 ERA)