Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bombers Get No Pop on Offense

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bombers Get No Pop on Offense

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The same miserable scene kept repeating itself Sunday at Kauffman Stadium, where strings of Yankee scoring chances were dashed and discarded, piled into one large heap of regret.

That agonizing fate followed into the ninth inning, when the tying run moved into scoring position - with none out - and moved no farther.

"A game of missed opportunities, [and] we had a lot," said Derek Jeter, summing up a 2-1 Royals victory before 24,614 fans, witnesses to the Yanks' newest height in offensive frustration.

In falling back to .500, the Yankees (31-31) were an astonishing 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position Sunday - an empty afternoon during which Hiroki Kuroda's solid seven innings were wasted.

"A great performance," manager Joe Girardi. "But we couldn't do anything with it."

And the agony came in all forms.

Girardi's club loaded the bases with none out and couldn't score. The Bombers wasted leadoff doubles and stranded runners at third with less than two out, and still had a shot to change things in the ninth.

Against hard-throwing closer Greg Holland, Ichiro Suzuki opened with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch.

But Brian Roberts popped out, pinch-hitter Mark Teixeira grounded out and Brett Gardner struck out - cementing the Yanks' seventh loss in their last 10 games. Over that span, the Yankees haven't scored more than four runs in a game and are averaging 2 1/2 runs per.

"We've got to find a way to get those guys in. Lately we haven't done a very good job of it," Gardner said, lamenting the runners left in scoring position with less than two out.

"We know it, we're aware of it, we see it, we feel it," Gardner said. "And I think for the most part guys have been pretty upbeat. It's not like we're trying to fail, it's not like we're not working hard or don't care.

"We take a lot of pride in what we do, and it's frustrating when you don't get the job done. …

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