Invent any explanation that can be envisioned for the Yankees who lose royalty on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium and there is no wrong choice.
The fog from the clubhouse smoke machine used to celebrate Wednesday's victory over the Red Sox damaged their corneas. The pulsating music destroyed their balance. They mistakenly thought it was just enough to handle the worst team in AL Central, even though they already lost series to Orioles, Tigers and White Sox at home.
Regardless of the reason, outside of the pitcher Domingo German Yankees was horrible at a loose 6-1 loss in front of an announced crowd of 39,106.
With a chance to even record their and build a two-game sweep of the Red Sox, the Yankees fell to 8-1
In its third start and fourth appearance of the season, German did its part, giving the visitors three runs across six innings, but the lapping style that punished the Red Sox in the previous two games disappeared in the cold Bronx evening.
First, there were veteran hands Homer Bailey, who handcuffed the Yankees through six frames. Then leftist Richard Lovelady gave 1 ² / ³ innings of shutout relief. Former Yankee Ian Kennedy came in with two outs in the eighth and was caught by Aaron Judge. He hung around to finish the dead Yankees bats with a scoreless ninth.
Jonathan Holder replaced German to start the seventh and put himself in trouble by giving up consecutive one-out singles to Martin Maldonado and Billy Hamilton the eighth and ninth
Keeping the lowered start to the season continued, as Whit Merrifield sent a 0-2 pitch over the left center fence of a bounce to score Maldonado for a 4-1 lead. Aaron Boone urged Zack Britton to meet Adalberto Mondesi with one out, runners on the second and third and infield.
Mondesi's right flight easily scored the fast Hamilton from third to a 5-1 Royals advantage that was there when Britton fancied Alex Gordon.
Holder was charged with two races that hiked the season for a total of seven in nine rounds. He has also given up 11 hits.
German gave his first two homers of the season, but allowed only three races in six innings. He gave up six hits, did not issue a trip and whiffed a season-high nine, including three in fourth.