"What can I tell you?" Royals DH José Guillen said. "That was the kind of game you haven't seen from us in a while. We didn't do any of the little things. A lot of wasted opportunities. Both sides, too. They were the same."
It was a gorgeous afternoon in New York, unseasonably reasonable. The sun dipped in and out of the clouds but it was a terrific day to be outside. The Yankees and Royals played a long game, close to five hours, that lasted thirteen innings. It was another Yankee game filled with aborted offensive rallies, strange managerial moves, good starting (Sir Sidney, once again) and relief pitching, and plenty of frustration. The crowd was mostly silent for the last hour or so; I was fighting off sleep watching from the comfort of my couch. In the end, Brett Gardner slapped the game-winning single to left giving the Yanks a 3-2 win.
According to the Times:
"To be quite honest with you, I don't care who ended it," said Derek Jeter, the Yankees' captain. "We needed to win a game. This would have been a rough one to lose, with so many opportunities."
"It doesn't matter how we win as long as we win," Manager Joe Girardi said. "This was a big win for us today because we've been scuffling, and scuffling to score. Maybe this is the game that gets us back on the winning track and we win a bunch in a row."
The Yankees are going to have to start playing a better brand of baseball to generate any kind of winning streak. They were fortunate to win yesterday. Let's hope the bats finally bust loose today.