Yankees can’t afford too many more clunkers like this

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There was additionally a long-ago August evening when the nice Buck O’Neil was sitting in his common seat behind residence plate at Kauffman Stadium.

For one of many few instances ever, when he was at a baseball stadium, Buck wasn’t smiling.

“Too hot to smile,” he mentioned, after which in fact he smiled.

There have been few issues to smile about Tuesday evening in Kansas City, until you have been both:

  1. A “Star Wars” fan, as this was Star Wars Night on the Okay, with loads of R2D2s and C3POs seen all through.
  2. A Salvy Perez fan. The Royals’ catcher, celebrating 10 years to the day of his main league debut, blasted a pair of buzzkill residence runs that ruined Nestor Cortes’ evening.
  3. A Royals fan who has seen more than your share of slapstick out of the native 9 since they gained the world championship six years in the past, and so who should have taken nice enjoyment of watching the Yankees kick the ball round and throw it to indiscriminate locations all evening throughout an 8-4 Kansas City win.
A dejected Nestor Cortes Jr. waits to get taken out of the game in the sixth inning of the Yankees' 8-4 loss to the Royals.
A dejected Nestor Cortes Jr. waits to get taken out of the sport within the sixth inning of the Yankees’ 8-4 loss to the Royals.
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“I don’t know why it happens,” Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone mentioned, trying like he’d gotten a nasty batch of burnt ends from Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque earlier within the day. “Back-to-back long nights? For whatever reason we didn’t play our best tonight.”

Look, it occurs, even for a staff that has performed as properly for an prolonged stretch because the Yankees have for the reason that Fourth of July. There are straightforward excuses — a second straight recreation in 90-degree Okay.C. humidity (add a dozen levels if you wish to know what it actually feels like), coming off a virtually five-hour, 11-inning marathon win Monday.

And because the Scooter used to place it: “Sometimes you’re just due.”

It’s nights like these once we are reminded of simply how fragile the day by day and nightly tightrope the Yankees stroll actually is. Winning eight out of 9 sequence — with an opportunity to make it 9-for-10 Wednesday afternoon — has made it sure that there are real stakes now each time they take the sphere, irrespective of who they take the sphere towards.

And if you find yourself a staff with gaping holes in your batting order — and never figuring out but, everyday, who the subsequent day’s beginning pitcher goes to be — it’s really outstanding that there aren’t more of those video games now, particularly as a result of the information usually is available in loud bursts from the out-of-town scoreboard.

There is the excellent news/dangerous information sequence going down in Fenway Park this week, the Rays coming from behind Tuesday (dangerous information within the division) to knock off the Red Sox (excellent news for the wild card). There are the A’s, who appear to win daily now, ending off a comeback of their very own in further innings in Cleveland.

The Blue Jays are making nowadays even longer now, taking part in out west.

So a clunker like this, whereas comprehensible on sure ranges, additionally brings its share of warning. Joey Gallo continues to scuffle as a Yankee (7-for-45, 22 strikeouts). The day by day grind of changing Gary Sanchez appears to be gaining on Kyle Higashioka, who hit a homer that briefly gave the Yankees a lead, but in addition added two uncharacteristic throwing errors to the Yankees’ pile.

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton every have two residence runs for the reason that All-Star break. Logic and previous efficiency insist that can self-correct. But when?

“It’s pretty infuriating,” Higashioka mentioned, talking of his personal adventurous night, however seeming to summarize the sentiments of many of the solemn faces that walked off the Kauffman Stadium discipline Tuesday evening. “It’s not acceptable.”

When the margin of error is so skinny, when there are however 49 video games left on the schedule, it may absolutely appear that method, whether or not it’s the warmth or simply the lengthy 12 months. Of course, this is strictly what you need, for all of those video games to matter this a lot. It’s why dropping them can really feel so infuriating.

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